Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Real Madrid vs. Ajax in UEFA Champions League

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Kristopher Love | 14 February, 2019, 05:00

The former Real striker, who played and scored in a Champions League final at the Johan Cruyff Arena, where Los Blancos will face Ajax Amsterdam in the last-16, first-leg tie of the same tournament tomorrow morning (Singapore time), said Solari chooses his line-ups wisely, with youth a prominent feature.

They were also denied a first-half opener when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home but for the first time in Champions League history, the goal was ruled out after Slovenian referee Damir Skomina checked with the VAR and Dusan Tadic was judged offside.

Real Madrid eventually secured a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio who scored in the 87th minute.

Frenkie de Jong will be fit to play for Ajax Amsterdam against Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Dutch side's coach Eric ten Hag said on Tuesday.

"Madrid have the stamp of his character and I hope we can enjoy him in as many games as possible".

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.

Vinicius chased a ball over the top down the left wing and cut inside before finding Benzema, who sent an unerring finish across Anona and high into the net.

"We did well as a team".

"Only point of criticism is our lack in efficacy".

While Ajax didn't get a desired result, it wasn't a matter of Real Madrid having youngsters like Vinicius Junior and Ajax not. "We fought for each other". Scoring two away goals in this kind of competition is crucial. It's a shame our goal was disallowed.

"But all the compliments for my team".

The Blues make the trip to Sweden on the back of a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City that saw them trail by four goals with a little over a quarter of the game played. We're looking forward to it, we're confident we can take them on.

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