Ajax’s 4-1 victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday evening didn’t just bring to an end Los Blancos’ 1,012-day period of continental dominance, but it was the exclamation point on the end of the worst seven days in the history of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
In the same of one single week, Santiago Solari’s charges lost three successive home matches, scoring just one goal, and were essentially eliminated from three different competitions.
A 3-0 and 1-0 reverse at the hands of Barcelona left the Madrid club out of the Copa del Rey, and 12 points behind their fierce rivals in the LaLiga Santander standings, a virtually insurmountable deficit.
The stoic Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has for so long played host to a procession of Champions League victories for Real Madrid, yet their fortunes have turned.
Their home ground has become a theatre of nightmares in recent times, with the club having dropped more league points at home than on their travels.
In their own stadium, Real Madrid have only won two of their last six Champions League matches, and Ajax have done nothing but prise open a wound that had been present for months.