Ajax crash out of Champions League after shock home loss to Valencia

Ajax crash out of Champions League after shock home loss to Valencia

Ajax, Champions League semi-finalists seven months ago, have been eliminated at the first hurdle in this year's competition after a shock home loss to Valencia.

Placed in a lethal group with Chelsea and the Spanish side, the Amsterdam outfit had been in pole position to qualify, needing only a draw in their final game.

However, Rodrigo gave the visitors the lead halfway through the first half, and despite the hosts dominating possession and having the lion's share of chances.

There was late controversy as Gabriel Paulista was sent off for the visitors for lashing out at Dusan Tadic, who appeared to make a meal of the situation. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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