UEFA Champions League Report: Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid 13 February

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2019

Madrid players trained at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday evening, with centre-back Raphael Varane a doubt for the game after missing the session due to flu.

Madrid boss Solari, though, insists officials should be entrusted to make such decisions as they are the only ones with access to the video replays.

"We kept control, scored a really nice goal, they made a good 1-1 and we got another for 1-2 and we are really happy with the victory".

"They pressed very high and did not give you time to receive the ball from the back".

What: Real Madrid will take on Ajax in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.

Ajax were not finished, though, and with 15 minutes left they sliced Real open again with Ziyech converting a low cross from Neres. We did, but you have to be more ruthless. We worked and suffered and scored when we created chances. "We're approaching it with maximum respect", said Solari.

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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.

At the final whistle, he spoke to the media and was asked about this milestone, to which the captain replied: "I've got a lot of memories".

"His adaptation has been very fast", Solari said. Vinicius Junior came closest for Madrid when he cut in from the left wing and shot on target only for Onana to palm the ball over the bar.

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.

Perhaps nobody typifies Madrid's turnaround under Solari more than Vinicius Jr, who has brought freshness to the attack, with the Brazilian's willingness to run at rivals a key factor in Karim Benzema's current goal-scoring form.

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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