Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio tried extra pictures (5) than passes (4) after coming off the bench

Actual Madrid claimed a lucky win at Ajax within the Champions League last-16 first leg.

Ajax performed effectively and had a Nicolas Tagliafico objective dominated out by the primary Champions League video assistant referee session.

Holders Actual took the lead when Karim Benzema blasted into the highest nook after advantageous work by Vinicius Jr.

Hakim Ziyech levelled from 10 yards however Marco Asensio scored the winner from Dani Carvajal’s cross.

The Dutch facet had the sport’s finest possibilities, with Dusan Tadic hitting the submit within the first half and David Neres, who arrange Ziyech’s objective, taking pictures straight at Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one probability.

Substitute Kasper Dolberg missed a giant probability in harm time as he slipped whereas taking pictures within the field, with Courtois in a position to get a hand to it.

VAR launched at incorrect time for Ajax

Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic was standing in Thibaut Courtois’ approach and in an offside place from Nicolas Tagliafico’s header

The video assistant referee system has been introduced into the Champions League for this season’s knockout phases – and it received its first main utilization on the Johan Cruyff Area.

Ajax thought that they had taken the lead when Tagliafico headed the ball in following a goalmouth scramble. Lasse Schone’s nook discovered Matthijs de Ligt, whose header was scooped by Courtois into the air. Tagliafico headed the ball into the air over the keeper and Tadic and into the again of the online.

However after a session with the video assistant referee staff, referee Damir Skomina went throughout to look at the incident once more on his display screen and disallowed the objective.

The official had determined Ajax ahead Tadic was marginally offside and interfering with play – standing in entrance of Courtois on the precise second Tagliafico received his header in. It was the right resolution technically, nonetheless with out VAR the objective would have stood.

On the steadiness of play, Ajax had greater than deserved Ziyech’s equaliser, which got here along with his 30th shot of the season – greater than every other participant within the Champions League.

They did not profit from their 19 pictures and now face an actual activity on Tuesday, 5 March on the Bernabeu.

This was Ajax’s first Champions League knockout sport in 13 years and with star midfielder Frenkie de Jong already agreeing to affix Barcelona this summer season, and teenage captain De Ligt amongst different star gamers anticipated to go away, they may have to attend some time earlier than attending to this stage once more except they will overturn their deficit in Madrid.

Actual discover a option to get the job executed once more

Actual Madrid have had an actual aura of invincibility within the event, successful the previous three finals in a row, all below Zinedine Zidane. No staff had managed to defend the Champions League efficiently till then.

Zidane has gone, his substitute Julen Lopetegui has been sacked and Santiago Solari is the person in cost now – however they nonetheless handle to win in Europe with out performing effectively.

After using their luck, they received the breakthrough when 18-year-old Vinicius Jr, the youngest participant to make a Champions League knockout part look for Actual, managed an extended ball on the left wing, lower inside two defenders and squared it for Benzema to blast dwelling his 60th Champions League.

Following Ziyech’s equaliser, substitute Asensio stole away from his marker on the again submit to show dwelling Carvajal’s luxurious cross into an empty internet for a smash-and-grab win.

Captain Sergio Ramos, making his 600th Actual look, picked up a late yellow card for fouling Dolberg, which suggests he’ll miss the second leg – however he will probably be again for the quarter-finals if Actual are there.

Man of the match – Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

Dusan Tadic

Ex-Southampton participant Dusan Tadic (left) has scored 22 targets for Ajax this season and brought about Actual all types of issues. In addition to hitting the submit, he made 5 key passes, greater than every other participant

Match stats – Benzema equals Messi haul

  • Ajax have misplaced their final seven video games in European competitors in opposition to Actual Madrid, scoring three and conceding 22.
  • Actual have gained six of their final seven Champions League away video games within the knockout levels (L1), successful every of the final 4.
  • Ajax are winless of their final six Champions League knockout video games at dwelling (D3 L3), their final win coming in March 1996 in opposition to Borussia Dortmund.
  • Actual’s Karim Benzema has both scored or assisted a objective in every of his six Champions League matches in opposition to Ajax (4 targets, 4 assists).
  • No different La Liga participant has scored extra targets than Actual Madrid’s Benzema in 2019 in all competitions (eight, stage with Lionel Messi).
  • Vinicius Jr has supplied eight assists in all competitions for Actual – greater than any of his team-mates.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 12Mazraoui
  • 4de Ligt
  • 17Blind
  • 31Tagliafico
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forDolbergat 73'minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 22ZiyechBooked at 53minutes
  • 6van de Beek
  • 7Neres
  • 10Tadic

Substitutes

  • 2Kristensen
  • 3Veltman
  • 8Sinkgraven
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 25Dolberg
  • 26Lamprou
  • 30de Wit

Actual Madrid

  • 25Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 4RamosBooked at 89minutes
  • 23ReguilónBooked at 69minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forVázquezat 61'minutesBooked at 83minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forAsensioat 73'minutes
  • 28Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forMarianoat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 3Vallejo
  • 7Mariano
  • 12Marcelo
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 24Ceballos
Referee:
Damir Skomina
Attendance:
52,286

Match Stats

Residence StaffAjaxAway StaffActual Madrid
Possession
Residence50%
Away50%
Photographs
Residence19
Away13
Photographs on Goal
Residence7
Away8
Corners
Residence3
Away2
Fouls
Residence10
Away11

Reside Textual content

Match ends, Ajax 1, Actual Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 1, Actual Madrid 2.

Try saved. Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the prime centre of the objective. Assisted by David Neres with a by way of ball.

Foul by Mariano (Actual Madrid).

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Try missed. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from exterior the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Reserving

Sergio Ramos (Actual Madrid) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Actual Madrid).

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Purpose!

Purpose! Ajax 1, Actual Madrid 2. Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from very shut vary to the centre of the objective. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

Try missed. Sergio Reguilón (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from exterior the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Sergio Ramos with a headed move.

Try missed. Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) header from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

Reserving

Lucas Vázquez (Actual Madrid) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Actual Madrid).

David Neres (Ajax) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Try blocked. Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.

Try saved. Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid) proper footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the backside left nook.

Try blocked. Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Actual Madrid. Mariano replaces Vinícius Júnior.

Nook, Actual Madrid. Conceded by Daley Blind.

Try missed. Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Reguilón.

Offside, Ajax. Hakim Ziyech tries a by way of ball, however David Neres is caught offside.

Try missed. Lucas Vázquez (Actual Madrid) left footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and vast to the left. Assisted by Casemiro following a quick break.

Purpose!

Purpose! Ajax 1, Actual Madrid 1. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by David Neres.

Try missed. Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) proper footed shot from the fitting facet of the field is excessive and vast to the fitting. Assisted by David Neres with a by way of ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Actual Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Kasper Dolberg replaces Lasse Schöne.

Try saved. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the prime proper nook.

Reserving

Sergio Reguilón (Actual Madrid) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Sergio Reguilón (Actual Madrid).

Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Offside, Ajax. Matthijs de Ligt tries a by way of ball, however Nicolás Tagliafico is caught offside.

Try missed. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) header from the centre of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Lasse Schöne with a cross following a set piece scenario.

Foul by Vinícius Júnior (Actual Madrid).

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.

Vinícius Júnior (Actual Madrid) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax).

Foul by Toni Kroos (Actual Madrid).

Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Actual Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Gareth Bale.

Read More

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here