Barcelona hailed as champions-elect after beating Madrid

Barcelona hailed as champions-elect after beating Madrid

Barcelona hailed as champions-elect after beating Madrid

Fellow Madrid daily AS wrote: "Madrid give up" on their front page, and also spoke of it being the end of an era for numerous club's players who appear to be beyond their best, such as Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marcelo.

Bale was also accused of leaving the stadium after Madrid's defeat before Santiago Solari had completed his press conference, however those rumours were quickly denied.

Real Madrid's El Clásico loss leaves them 12 points behind Barcelona and five adrift of Atletico Madrid but Gareth Bale can still hold out for European glory in the Champions League.

The goal was controversial as the ball seemed to go off the pitch early in the move but VAR proved inconclusive and Ajax had revenge from their disallowed goal in the first leg.

While Marco Asensio had pulled one back for Real at 3-0 down with 20 minutes left, they deservedly crashed out 5-3 on aggregate, ending any hopes of retaining a title which they have won for the past three seasons and have held for more than 1,000 days.

Wales global Gareth Bale has found both form and fitness a struggle in recent months and appears to have fallen out with nearly everyone at the club. Team news should be with us any minute now.

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And they eventually GAVE the goal even though it did appear as though all the ball had gone out of play.

Los Blancos are in the building!

They looked like lifeless, replica versions of themselves, as they watched a vibrant Ajax side dance around them; they too were resigned to what they were seeing in front of them.

"It's a changing period for Real Madrid".

Barca's two wins had the added sting that they tipped the historical balance of the rivalry in favor of the Blaugranas, who now have 96 Clasico wins to Real Madrid's 95.

- Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners to fail to qualify for the quarter-final stage since Chelsea in 2012-13 (knocked out in the group stage).

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