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Ajax to miss out on Champions League

Paris: Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday as Monaco advanced with a 4-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys.

Ajax Amsterdam's Polish striker Arek Milik (L) and Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (R) react Rapid Wien scored their second goal during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match between Ajax and Rapid Wien at the Amsterdam Arena. Pic/AFP
Ajax Amsterdam's Polish striker Arek Milik (L) and Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (R) react Rapid Wien scored their second goal during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match between Ajax and Rapid Wien at the Amsterdam Arena. Pic/AFP 

After a 2-2 first-leg draw in the Austrian capital last week, Ajax were strong favourites to progress to the play-off round, but they suffered a torturous night at the Amsterdam Arena.

Frank de Boer's men let a two-goal lead slip at the Ersnt-Happel Stadion last week and the visitors — seemingly buoyed by that comeback — started where they left off last week.

Slovenian international Robert Beric — the scorer of Rapid's equaliser in the first leg -- tormented Ajax again as he put the Austrian side in front after 12 minutes before Louis Schaub doubled their lead before half-time.

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