Real Madrid takes narrow advantage to the Bernabeu.


Real Madrid takes narrow advantage to the Bernabeu.

Defending Champions, Real Madrid snatched a late win against Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie last night.

The game had lots of controversies after the VAR made a first appearance in the competition, hence dictating the outcome of the game.

VAR disallowed Tagliafico goal in the first half after a review, Ajax found themselves behind through Karim Benzema’s 60th goal in the tournament.

It looked like Courtois had gifted Ajax a deserved lead when he fumbled Matthijs de Ligt’s header and allowed Tagliafico to nod in the rebound, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review, seemingly because Tadic was blocking the keeper from an offside position.

Hakim Ziyech thought he had secured a deserved draw for the home side at Johan Cruijff ArenA, but Marco Asensio struck late on to put Madrid in control of the tie.