Asensio gives Madrid Real advantage

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Ajax, a four-time European champion that last won the title in 1995, looked to have taken the lead only to have VAR rule out Nicolas Tagliafico's 37th minute header because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and impeding Courtois. I want to congratulate their great fans and a team that plays such good football, with real character, despite them having so many youngsters. We worked and suffered and scored when we created chances. "Too bad it did not yield a better result".

Ten Hag was not convinced by the video images he saw.

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

"His adaptation has been very fast", Solari said.

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"It will be a pity but I have to rest, but I hope to play many more games and keep representing Madrid as captain", said Ramos.

In the night's other round-of-16 match, Tottenham beat Dortmund 3-0, with all the goals coming in the second half at Wembley.

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.

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. "Sometimes it has been harmful to us, and today it ruled out an important goal".

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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 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, whose blushes were spared by the VAR decision after his error led to the disallowed goal, felt the officials got it right.

One point seemed deserved, but Real substitute Marco Asensio came out in the 87th minute with a fine stretch at the second post.

The former Chelsea keeper admitted that while it is yet to be perfected, the positives outweigh the negatives, praising its use while speaking in his press conference ahead of Madrid's last 16 first leg tie against Ajax on Wednesday.

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Ajax might have felt optimistic when they drew an out-of-sorts Madrid back in December but Santiago Solari's side have found their rhythm since, winning six out of their last seven matches.

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