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Asensio nets late Real victor as Ajax left to rue VAR decision

Asensio nets late Real victor as Ajax left to rue VAR decision

The Brazilian is likely to start in Amsterdam with Gareth Bale on the subs' bench, which shows that as in the case of Marcelo and also Isco, Solari is not afraid to leave experienced players out of the side. "He did everything he had to do from the moment he came into the pitch. Too bad it did not yield a better result".

"Amazing atmosphere. I congratulate the fans and this team, who play very good football and with a lot of personality", he said.

"Frenkie de Jong is fit - he will be even more motivated as a future Barcelona player to play against Real Madrid". You have to know how to read games and we did that.

"But we have continued well and have received our opportunities afterwards".

Real travelled to Holland full of confidence after a 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, their sixth victory in a seven-game unbeaten run.

"The correct decision? I think so", he told reporters.

Solari said he had not seen the images.

"I hope there will be many more and every day I get up excited to represent the team as captain".

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The controversial decision meant Real went in at half-time on level terms with all three goals coming in the second half.

Ajax didn't give up and after substitute Kasper Dolberg had missed, Hakim Ziyech produced the equalizer in the 75th minute.

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.

In a vibrant display they hit the woodwork, tested Thibaut Courtois frequently and had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee before Benzema struck.

Real created little in the first half.

Vinicius chased a ball over the top down the wing and cut inside before finding Benzema, who sent an unerring finish high into the net. We are very happy, especially for Marco Asensio, how he played, and for his goal, which was very important. After the first chance for Real forward Vinicius Junior, whose shot was saved spectacularly by Andre Onana, Ajax was close when Dusan Tadic hit the post.

Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico, second right, heads the ball past Real defender Sergio Ramos to scores his side's opening goal and the goal was disallowed after a review by VAR 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.


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