Spurs into Champions League last eight

Real Madrid's reign as European champions is over after the Spanish holders were humiliated in a 4-1 home defeat by Ajax to lose 5-3 on aggregate.

Ajax, who trailed 2-1 from the first leg in Amsterdam, travelled to the Bernabeu as 6-1 outsiders to reach the Champions League quarter-finals but put in a sensational performance to stun the champions.

Hakim Ziyech put Ajax ahead and they were two up at the break with David Neres on target. Dusan Tadic put Ajax further before Marco Asensio reduced the deficit, but Lasse Schone's free kick saw the Dutch side cut to 25-1 to win the Champions League.

Interim Madrid manager Santiago Solari seems unlikely to get the job on a permanent basis and Jose Mourinho is the 11-10 favourite with Betfair and Paddy Power to be next in at the Bernabeu.

Mauricio Pochettino is a 7-2 shot and his reputation went up another notch or two after leading Spurs to the Champions League quarter-finals following a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund which saw Tottenham progress 4-0 on aggregate.

Dortmund threw everything at Spurs in the first half but Hugo Lloris kept the Germans at bay and Harry Kane grabbed the crucial away goal early in the second period.

Tottenham are 14-1 to win the Champions League.

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Expert verdict
Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 15 matches and valid excuses can be made for both defeats. Dean Smith made wholesale changes with the playoffs in mind for their 2-1 loss to champions Norwich on the final day, while they lost the second leg of semi-final at West Brom despite having 73 per cent possession and winning the shot count 24 to ten. They are full of confidence and should be more determined than ever after last season’s playoff final heartbreak.

 

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