Frenkie de Jong enjoyed himself at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night as Ajax dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League with a 4-1 win that secured a 5-3 aggregate win.
The Dutch side sprang a big shock as they recovered from a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg and deservedly booked their place in the quarter-finals with a wonderful display.
De Jong played a key role in the win and sent Vinicius Junior sliding early on:
Frenkie De Jong has made himself a Barcelona legend before he’s even kicked a ball for them pic.twitter.com/3bq7Wo9LhW— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) March 5, 2019
He also left Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric on the turf with a neat couple of touches:
Frenkie de Jong Luka Modric— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 5, 2019
The midfield baton is passed.
What a talent! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/shFYSSpo8N
And enjoyed a fine first half at the Bernabeu:
29 - Frenkie de Jong completed 29 of their 32 passes in the first half, more than any other player in the game. Jewel. pic.twitter.com/0XtbgNEW2v— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 5, 2019
Here’s how he fared throughout the 90 minutes:
Frenkie de Jong’s game by numbers vs. Real Madrid:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 5, 2019
90% pass accuracy
6 ball recoveries
4/4 tackles won
2 successful take-ons
Not the last masterclass you’ll see from him on Spanish soil. pic.twitter.com/8wO66YgIVq
Goals from Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Lasse Schone gave Ajax the victory and compounded Real Madrid’s problems after their two defeats to Barcelona last week.
De Jong said before the match that Barcelona had asked him to knock out Real Madrid when he signed for them in January, and the midfielder will have delighted his new club with the result.