Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid: Champions League holders claim fortunate win in Amsterdam

Marco Asensio tried extra shots (five) than passes (four) after coming off the bench

Proper Madrid claimed a fortunate elevate at Ajax within the Champions League final-16 first leg.

Ajax performed smartly and had a Nicolas Tagliafico honest ruled out by essentially the most critical Champions League video assistant referee consultation.

Holders Proper took the lead when Karim Benzema blasted into the tip corner after beautiful work by Vinicius Jr.

Hakim Ziyech levelled from 10 yards but Marco Asensio scored the winner from Dani Carvajal’s inferior.

The Dutch side had the game’s best doubtless potentialities, with Dusan Tadic hitting the put up in essentially the most critical half and David Neres, who problem up Ziyech’s honest, taking pictures straight at Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one likelihood.

Replace Kasper Dolberg missed an limitless likelihood in injure time as he slipped whereas taking pictures within the box, with Courtois in a express to acquire a hand to it.

VAR launched at infamous time for Ajax

Dusan Tadic used to be standing in Thibaut Courtois’ blueprint and in an offside problem from Nicolas Tagliafico’s header

The video assistant referee procedure has been introduced into the Champions League for this season’s knockout phases – and it got its first most considerable utilization on the Johan Cruyff Enviornment.

Ajax thought they had taken the lead when Tagliafico headed the ball in following a goalmouth breeze. Lasse Schone’s corner realized Matthijs de Ligt, whose header used to be scooped by Courtois into the air. Tagliafico headed the ball into the air over the keeper and Tadic and into the encourage of the on-line.

But after a consultation with the video assistant referee team, referee Damir Skomina went across to behold the incident all all over again on his show cloak and disallowed the honest.

The respectable had determined Ajax forward Tadic used to be marginally offside and interfering with play – standing in front of Courtois on the categorical moment Tagliafico got his header in. It used to be the moral resolution technically, nevertheless with out VAR the honest would be pleased stood.

On the steadiness of play, Ajax had extra than deserved Ziyech’s equaliser, which came along with his 30th shot of the season – extra than any varied participant within the Champions League.

They failed to originate essentially the most of their 19 shots and now face a proper job on Tuesday, 5 March on the Bernabeu.

This used to be Ajax’s first Champions League knockout game in 13 years and with superstar midfielder Frenkie de Jong already agreeing to affix Barcelona this summer season, and teenage captain De Ligt amongst varied superstar gamers expected to transfer away, they could per chance also should wait a whereas prior to getting to this stage all all over again until they’ll overturn their deficit in Madrid.

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Proper catch a methodology to acquire the job completed all all over again

Proper Madrid be pleased had a proper charisma of invincibility within the tournament, winning the previous three finals in a row, all below Zinedine Zidane. No team had managed to defend the Champions League efficiently till then.

Zidane has gone, his alternative Julen Lopetegui has been sacked and Santiago Solari is the man to blame now – but they still prepare to elevate in Europe with out performing smartly.

After riding their success, they got the breakthrough when 18-year-outdated Vinicius Jr, the youngest participant to originate a Champions League knockout segment look for Proper, managed a lengthy ball on the left soar, minimize internal two defenders and squared it for Benzema to blast dwelling his sixtieth Champions League.

Following Ziyech’s equaliser, change Asensio stole away from his marker on the encourage put up to roar dwelling Carvajal’s sumptuous inferior into an empty web for a crash-and-take hold of elevate.

Captain Sergio Ramos, making his 600th Proper look, picked up a slack yellow card for fouling Dolberg, which methodology he’ll miss the 2d leg – but he’ll be encourage for the quarter-finals if Proper are there.

Man of the match – Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

Ex-Southampton participant Dusan Tadic (left) has scored 22 dreams for Ajax this season and introduced about Proper all kinds of considerations. As well to hitting the put up, he made five key passes, extra than any varied participant

Match stats – Benzema equals Messi haul

  • Ajax be pleased misplaced their final seven video games in European competitors against Proper Madrid, scoring three and conceding 22.
  • Proper be pleased won six of their final seven Champions League away video games within the knockout phases (L1), winning each and each of the final four.
  • Ajax are winless of their final six Champions League knockout video games at dwelling (D3 L3), their final elevate coming in March 1996 against Borussia Dortmund.
  • Proper’s Karim Benzema has both scored or assisted a honest in each and each of his six Champions League fits against Ajax (four dreams, four assists).
  • No varied La Liga participant has scored extra dreams than Proper Madrid’s Benzema in 2019 in all competitions (eight, level with Lionel Messi).
  • Vinicius Jr has offered eight assists in all competitions for Proper – extra than any of his team-mates.

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