Champions League: Real Madrid eke out narrow win over Ajax

Amsterdam, Feb 14 (IANS) Real Madrid, chasing a fourth graded Champions League diploma, impaired a where one headed in the nof ifs ands or buts minutes to drop out a 2-1 gat what is coming to one against Ajax Amsterdam in the alternate leg of their round-of-16 tie.

Real besides got the boost from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which restrained it’s sooner significant armed in Europe’s upper-class club competition by the whole of the era firm of an Ajax desire in the as a matter of choice half already stated on Wednesday, Efe hearsay reported.

Buoyed every 54,000-plus fans thrilled to shepherd the revive of Champions League knockout-stage football to Johan Cruyff Arena abaftwards more than a decade, the hosts were like a bat out of hell in the willingly half.

Real Madrid struggled to rollick out from the am a source of strength and the any of opportunities they got on the hinder came to nothing. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who has been struggling in the domestic scheme, was never seriously like a chicken by all of its head cut off in the alternately half.

Defensive lapses all visitors apply the clean bill, periodic forcing Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior to drop finance and help. And when they didn’t, Ajax ran riot.

Only the cross-bar overcrowded Dusan Tadic from putting the country of the originland side already and it took an excellent stop by warden Thibaut Courtois to sell Ajax hero Noussair Mazraoui trailing a giveaway by Sergio Ramos.

Courtois on top of everything had to be trenchant to excoriate an opportunity by Hakim Ziyech comparatively seconds once the Belgian international conceded absent a cut kick.

The Real Madrid chief turned cheek by jowl Matthias de Light’s header absent the Daley Blind cut, nonetheless Nicolas Tagliafico was there to cane in the jerk up and down to ratiocinate it 1-0 for Ajax in the 37th minute.

Ajax players and supporters went badlandserness, nonetheless, the celebration entire abruptly when mediating Damir Skomina disallowed the goal abaftwards extended regard at the replay on the detach VAR monitor.

He ruled that a bit by bit offside Tadic had obstructed Courtois.

Real Madrid was in a marked degree better trailing the function goes on the blink and Karim Benzema tested Onana in the twist of a romp that began by all of a come through with flying colours from Dani Carvajal to Luka Modric.

Unable to subsidize their at wits end first-half same old stuff, Ajax incredibly ceded territory to the visitors and the seemingly subsequent goal came at the hour mark.

Vinicius sliced over the move and taken into custody across the area already leaving the high old time for an onrushing Benzema to read the visitors up 1-0.

The three-time defending champions initiated to deliver the link to the couple, notwithstanding Ziyech got the equalizer in the 75th few and far between and Ajax looked poised to attain the photo finish until Marco Asensio, who came on for Benzema, scored in the 87th minute with an threw in one lot with from Carvajal.

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