5 talking points from Real Madrid’s vital victory at Ajax Amsterdam


Erik ten Hag lauded Ajax and said the Dutch side can take confidence from their controversial loss to Champions League holders Real Madrid.

Ajax were not finished, though, and with 15 minutes left they sliced Real open again with Ziyech converting a low cross from David Neres.

But three minutes from time, Asensio popped up with the victor for Real. After that Skomina disallowed the goal for offside by Tadic.

A string of poor results in the recent past against Bournemouth and Manchester City have put Sarri's job at Stamford Bridge under huge pressure. "I want to feel that". "Luckily for VAR because nobody would have seen it".

"It's something I was thinking about, it's not to underestimate the opponent nor say the tie is over but in football you have to take hard decisions so I chose to do it".

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Sergio Ramos, making a 600th appearance for Real, backed the intervention of VAR and warned Ajax they will face a daunting task in the second leg.

Real travelled to Holland full of confidence after a 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, their sixth victory in a seven-game unbeaten run. "We achieved a great result and now it's up to them to suffer in our stadium".

It is a goal that is played before every home game on the big screens at the Bernabeu, much to the crowd's delight, and he also scored in the 2016 Champions League final. Los Blancos also managed to score two away goals in the process, courtesy of Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, and now hold a huge advantage ahead of the second leg.

However, Asensio converted the victor when he met a stunning delivery from Dani Carvajal at the far post. "We can do this as a team", the Spaniard told reporters on Wednesday. "The red cards given to Alonso and Ramos stand, and they have therefore been suspended for one UEFA club competition match", said UEFA at the time.

"But we carried on well and we had our chances afterwards".