Real Madrid vs. Ajax in UEFA Champions League

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Nicolas Tagliafico appeared to have put his side in front after some questionable goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, who spilled Matthijs de Ligt's header.

Yet referee Damir Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored.

He also praised VAR which stopped Ajax going ahead when Tagliafico's goal was ruled out.

Sergio Ramos, making a 600th appearance for Real, backed the intervention of VAR and warned Ajax they will face a daunting task in the second leg. Little by little, football will be more fair.

"But I think that is true for all our players". Given how tight the call is, it adds only further fuel to the fire for those who think that the current offside rules are incredibly hard to enforce and offer little in the way of an advantage to attacking players. "Now comes the Champions League and I really want to watch the game".

"Because of his (Tadic's) intention I made a quick movement. It's lucky there was VAR because nobody would have seen it".

Holders Madrid took control of their last-16 tie as goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, either side of a Hakim Ziyech strike, gave them a victory and two away goals at Johan Cruijff ArenA.

The first half witnessed Ajax's high pressure on the Madrid defense.

"We have to improve", Ten Hag said.

"We were together, and we took advantage of the counter-attacks".

Ajax got the goal their play deserved with 15 minutes remaining as Ziyech side-footed home after a sweeping move, latching on to a delivery from David Neres on the left. We did, but you have to be more ruthless.

Bayern Munich and Ajax have both won the European Cup three times in a row but only Madrid have managed more, when they lifted five on the bounce in the 1950s. "We changed to look for balls into space and to break the lines".

Manager Santiago Solari dismissed questions over Marcelo's long term future at the club at the pre-game news conference, after the out-of-favour left-back had said that he would be prepared to leave in the summer if he was no longer wanted at the Bernabeu.

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