UEFA Champions League Report: Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid 13 February

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2019

The second leg of the series will take place in March.

However, substitute Asensio grabbed Real's victor three minutes from the end.

"Frenkie is fit", Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said earlier on Tuesday.

Real went into the match brimming with confidence from a run of six wins and one draw in its last seven matches.

While Madrid have found momentum in recent weeks, Ajax appear to have lost theirs.

I think Ajax have shown in the Champions League they can do really well.

Solari said he had not seen the images.

Former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid star Owen believes that the stage is set for an open game on Wednesday night between the two sides.

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The visitors came out firing in the second half and they almost went ahead after 50 minutes when Dani Carvajal played in Karim Benzema, who saw his first-time strike saved by Andre Onana.

Tadic then held off Sergio Ramos to fire in a shot that hit the post, and Ziyech missed another one-on-one chance with Courtois as Ajax's incisive passing stretched the visitors.

Ajax were not finished, though, and with 15 minutes left they sliced Real open again with Ziyech converting a low cross from Neres. Vinicius Junior came closest for Madrid when he cut in from the left wing and shot on target only for Onana to palm the ball over the bar.

A super intense Ajax team overwhelmed Madrid at times and could easily have been 2-0 ahead at the break but Dusan Tadic hit a post and a VAR call disallowed a Nicolas Tagliafico header.

Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, whose blushes were spared by the VAR decision after his error led to the disallowed goal, felt the officials got it right.

Ajax's Donny van de Beek, right, argues with referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019.

Real Madrid advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing first in Group G, while Ajax advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group E.

Ajax are seeking to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 16 years, while Real have not lost a tie at this stage in nearly a decade.

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