'This was pretty close to perfection, ' said beaming coach Erik ten Hag.
"We all know him and we can't forget what he's done for this team, it seems that people forget everything very easily and you can't forget what he's done, even if he's not in his best in form at the minute".
"It is clear the season is over but we will continue working in the league because that's what we have to do and we have to be professional".
The loss was the fourth straight at home for Madrid - including two in a row to archrivals Barcelona - something that hadn't happened since 2004, and capped one of the worst weeks in the club's recent history. It was Ziyech's second goal of the tie; the Moroccan scored Ajax's lone tally in the home leg on 13 February.
Despite missing the game, all eyes were on him at the Bernabeu. In a season when there is no dominant European club, Real Madrid had reason to hope despite their struggles elsewhere.
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Which is how it ended, though by that point much of Europe's largest stadium had emptied, expelling sullen, white-clad Madridistas into the night.
Thirteen-times winners Madrid, who lifted the trophy in four of the last five years and had reached at least the semi-finals for the last eight seasons, suffered their earliest elimination since 2010. Julen Lopetegui, the "system" manager chosen to replace the more orthodox Zidane, had a poor start to the season and was sacked after 14 games. They've been linked in the past with Chelsea's Eden Hazard, and there are only a few players in the world that match Ronaldo's level of impact, with Neymar being one.
"This will pass and what I see with Gareth is a player who is happy and who has not lost any of his hunger and desire for success".
After the final whistle Madrid defender Dani Carvajal declared that Los Blancos season is over.
Real substitute Gareth Bale also endured a harrowing evening, striking the post in the first half and appearing to injure his ankle late on, yet he was forced to remain on the pitch in pain as Solari had used all three substitutes.