Frenkie de Jong escaped the pressure of Luka Modric and Vincius Jr. with ease


Many football fans considered Real Madrid’s last-16 clash with Ajax to be over after the first leg.

The European champions went to Amsterdam and came away with a 2-1 victory.

And passage to the quarter-finals looked so assured that Sergio Ramos decided he would pick up a deliberate yellow card so he could sit out of the second leg.

After all, they were already pretty much through, right?


Seven minutes in and Ajax had equalised on aggregate.

Dusan Tadic teed up Hakim Ziyech to get Ajax back in the tie.


The Dutch side still trailed on away goals, though.

Eleven minutes later, Ajax were 2-0 ahead on the night and 3-2 ahead on the aggregate.

Tadic did brilliantly to create it and David Neres finished well.

Suddenly, Ajax were having fun at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

No-one more so than future Barcelona player Frenkie de Jong.

De Jong will be playing Clasico’s in this stadium from next season and Real won’t be looking forward to facing him again.

That’s because the 21-year-old ran rings around Luka Modric.

First, he easily sidestepped the Croatian leaving him on his backside.

Then, after being closed down by both Modric and Vinicius Junior, he calmly shimmied past them both - sending Vinicius flying and cruising past Modric.

Yeah, he’s pretty good.

Ahead of the game, De Jong explained how Barcelona asked him to knock Real out of the Champions League when he signed his Camp Nou contract.

"I spoke to them when I signed the contract and they told me to try to knock out Real Madrid, as that would be great for Barca too," De Jong revealed.

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