Real Madrid vs. Ajax in UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs. Ajax in UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs. Ajax in UEFA Champions League

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. It's a shame that our goal was disallowed.

Ziyech, who had equalised with 15 minutes of normal time left only to see Asensio snatch a late victor midweek, insists Ajax can go to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return leg without fear. We knew that we'd be in for a tough game, we showed we're capable of digging in and it wasn't the best of performances from us.

UEFA later tweeted to confirm the goal was ruled out because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and impeding Courtois when Tagliafico scored.

A few moments later, Ajax seemed to score, but the goal was disallowed by the VAR.

Ajax were not finished, though, and with 15 minutes left they sliced Real open again with Ziyech converting a low cross from David Neres. Their previously solid defense crumbled late last month in a 6-2 defeat to archrival Feyenoord and Erik ten Hag's team slumped to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday to Heracles Almelo. We worked and suffered and scored when we created chances. But it only really hit its stride in the second half, proving more clinical in front of goal.

When asked if the decision was correct, Courtois said: "I think so".

Sergio Ramos' legendary time at the club started on the 8th September 2005 as he was officially presented as a Real Madrid player.

Benzema was not to be denied on the hour mark as the Frenchman rifled the ball into the top corner after some brilliant work by Vinicius Junior in the build-up.

Tagliafico took advantage of a Thibaut Courtois error to give his side the lead against Real Madrid in the first leg of their knockout match.

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.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari will have to decide between youth and experience as his side looks to take another step towards a historic fourth consecutive Champions League title on Wednesday.

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