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Asensio nets late Real victor as Ajax left to rue VAR decision

14 February, 2019, 10:01 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Pedja Mijatovic

Ajax pressed Madrid but lost 2-1 at home to the three-time reigning champions in the opening leg of their last-16 tie in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Nicolas Tagliafico appeared to have put his side in front after some questionable goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, who spilled Matthijs de Ligt's header. "I think it's brilliant how he carries out his job as leader, which isn't an easy one".

The tweet above roughly translates to: "I want to make it clear that it hurts more than anyone, that I have not forced the card, as I did against Roma in my previous game of Champions League, and that I will support from the stands as a fan with the illusion of being in rooms".

"Because of his intention I made a quick movement and the ball bounced on my arm. It's lucky there was VAR because nobody would have seen it".

The controversial decision meant Real went in at half-time on level terms with all three goals coming in the second half.

Karim Benzema gave the European and world champions the lead but it took a late victor from Marco Asensio to seal the win for Los Blancos, who return to Madrid with two away goals and a lead. "There we can learn from Madrid - they created less chances but scored more goals".

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"This was because of our good defence and the high pressure on the ball".

"They had chances, I made some good saves and we were lucky to win the game today".

But nearly two full minutes after the goal had gone in, Slovenian referee Damir Skomina struck a bemused expression as the teams prepared to restart the game.

"Why was it disallowed?"

After checking on the monitor the referee decided that Dusan Tadic was impeding the goalkeeper from an offside position. He's really competitive and that's why he's played this many games.

Signed last summer for 45 million euros (S$69m), Vinicius was supposed to spend his debut season settling in with the reserve side, a strategy adhered to, perhaps too rigidly, by Solari's predecessor Julen Lopetegui.

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