Paris, Aug 5: 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.
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.
Ajax, who had reached the group stages in each of the last four seasons, hauled themselves back into the match and levelled the aggregate scores at 4-4 thanks to goals by Polish international Arkadiusz Milik and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.
But just as the tie seemed set for extra time, Rapid Vienna who last reached the Champions League group stages in the 2005/06 season struck a decisive blow after 77 minutes via Schaub's second goal of the night.
Rapid progress to the play-off round after a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Last season's quarter-finalists Monaco are into the play-off round after a thumping 4-0 second-leg win over Swiss side Young Boys.
The Ligue 1 side who reached the 2004 final where they were beaten by Portuguese giants Porto were already 3-1 up from last week's first leg in Bern and finished the job handsomely at the Stade Louis II thanks to a blistering second-half display.
"I liked our performance. We managed to put our game plan into practice - to contain the opposition at first, then counter-attack after we scored the first goal," said Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim. AFP