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Felix Brych given Champions League clash — Real Madrid-Ajax

06 March, 2019, 00:24 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Brych's most high-profile Madrid game was the 2016-17 Champions League final, when Real beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.

Today it was not Messi or Luis Suarez but Rakitic who gave the win to the Catalans.

The victory, which followed Barca's 3-0 win over Real in a Copa del Rey semifinal Wednesday, gave it a 10-point lead at the top over Atletico Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad Sunday, and effectively ended third-placed Real's title hopes.

"There aren't many teams in the world that can win here twice in three days".

Match victor Rakitic added: "We worked very hard for this victory and we deserve it". You have to fight, you have to stick your leg in and we are very happy.


Brych, 43, last took charge of a Madrid game last season when he was the man in the middle for the reigning champions' 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes.

With Madrid failing to find the net in either meeting, Ramos admitted via Marca: "It isn't a nightmare for us, but it is true that the other day we couldn't convert our chances despite dominating and football is about goals. It's been a ideal week and we should celebrate it, but we haven't won the league yet, not at all". It was a hard-fought, serious and intense game from both sides. "We had our chances, but when you don't score goals things will get away from you".

Sergio Ramos has blamed Real Madrid's lack of cutting edge for a second El Clasico defeat inside four days.

Rakitic found himself in a similar position soon afterward but he kept his nerve, calmly chipping over Courtois to score.

It was a rare moment of needle in an unusually uneventful game between Spain's two biggest clubs.

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