Ajax on Wednesday in the first match in the eighth finals of the Champions League against Real Madrid with 1-2 lost. Just before time made the cup holder the winning goal in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, after the Amsterdammers especially for rest many opportunities untapped left.
Nicolás Tagliafico seemed strong playing Ajax for rest deserved lead, but the goal was after the interference of the VAR is deprecated.
Shortly after peace was 0-1 for Real through Karim Benzema, and then Hakim Ziyech gelijkmaakte. There seemed to remain, but three minutes before time, signed Marco Asensio for the 1-2 final score.
By the loss Ajax a bad starting position for the return on Tuesday 5 march at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. The team of trainer Erik ten Hag must antics in the away game for the first time since the season 2002/2003 the last eight in the Champions League.
Ziyech for Ajax equalizer against Real Madrid
At the Hag choose Tadic as a striker
Just as earlier in this Champions League season against Bayern Munich and Benfica chose At the Hag against Real for Dusan Tadic as a deep striker. David Neres came, therefore, a space on the side and that variant worked very well.
From the first minute was Real rushed, with nice capabilities for Ajax result. Casemiro prevented with a sliding tackle that Tagliafico could be ready in the direction of the Spanish goal, then Noussair Mazraoui about right knew to break through. The shot of the Moroccan international went from an awkward angle, low in front.
After the Amsterdam storm was something to lie on, came Real there a few times dangerous. Goalkeeper Andre Onana saved to shots of Luka Modric and Vinícius Júnior, but then took up the fierce Ajax back the initiative.
Videoarbiter engages in goal Tagliafico
In the 26th minute it was Tadic was very close to the opening goal. After a good interception by Lasse Schöne flew the shot of the Serb toward the junction, but the pole prevented the 1-0. Ten minutes later, Ziyech is a much greater chance. The 25-year-old winger was the terminus of a brilliant attack, but he got the ball close to past Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Short rest seemed to Ajax the preponderance is still in the score to express. A corner brought Courtois but half salvation in a header of Matthijs de ligt, which Tagliafico the rebound could binnenkoppen.
The ArenA cheered and Real was all ready for the kick-off when referee Damir Skomina, the goal is still rejected. After the consult of the VAR, it was concluded that Tadic in buitenspelpositie Courtois blocked, making it halfway still 0-0.
Benzema put Real Madrid 0-1 lead against Ajax
Real comes after rest better in the match
Without bills of exchange at rest was Real at the beginning of the second half, better in the match came and that made the Pitch after 51 minutes finally of-this-chance managed to create. A low cross came from the right came to Benzema, but Onana turned the low shot from the Frenchman in the short corner.
Ajax was warned, but after an hour of playing it was at the second chance for Benzema or touch. The dribbelende Vinícius was not dealt with by the Ajax defence and brought the experienced striker in contention. And where the Players for resting the visor is still not as sharp as had, had Benzema Onana no chance with a shot into the top corner.
Ajax had at that time already an opportunity left unexploited in the second half. Donny van de Beek sent with a beautiful passje Neres road, but the Brazilian left himself too much to the side, to float, making Courtois his shot was fine.
At Hag brings extra attacker with Dolberg
In the hope of more force brought to At Hag seventeen minutes before time, with Kasper Dolberg an extra striker, and with success. Two minutes later the deserved equalizer, namely a fact. The low cross of Neres was customized and Ziyech completed controlled (1-1).
The joy in the ArenA was great, but Ajax had in the lesson will continue. With dangerous shots were invaders, Lucas Vázquez and Asensio will quickly close to the 1-2. Three minutes before time it was still wrong for Ajax when Asensio again dangerous reared its head for the purpose. The midfielder tapped in a cross from Dani Carvajal (1-2).
In the absolute final stage had Dolberg the position yet again in balance. The Dane got a decent chance, but Courtois grip, making the quarter-finals of the Champions League away to Ajax.
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