VAR produced the right decision in disallowing Ajax goal - Thibaut Courtois

Maurizio Sarri has effectively told Chelsea's board to back him or sack him

Maurizio Sarri has effectively told Chelsea's board to back him or sack him

After passing up a few first-half chances of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, left-back Nicolas Tagliafico appeared to give Ajax the lead when he headed past Thibaut Courtois towards the end of the first half.

Ramos was impressed by Ajax's high-pressing approach and revealed Madrid switched their tactics in the second half to gain a foothold in the match.

Ajax claimed a foul in the build-up to the goal, but this time the VAR did not intervene and Real will take a slender advantage back to Madrid.

Ziyech, who had equalised with 15 minutes of normal time left only to see Asensio snatch a late victor midweek, insists Ajax can go to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return leg without fear. The reaction of Courtois says it all: the ex-Chelsea shot-stopper looked resigned to having made an error.

Solari, in charge of Real Madrid B at the time, was the coach that received him, witnessing first-hand as the 18-year-old scored twice against Atletico B, curled in a free-kick against Unionistas and equalised against Celta Vigo B.

Ajax got the goal their play deserved with 15 minutes remaining as Ziyech side-footed home after a sweeping move, latching on to a delivery from David Neres on the left. You have to know how to read games and we did that.

"Amazing atmosphere. I congratulate the fans and this team, who play very good football and with a lot of personality", he said.

'Yes, the truth is that seeing the result... it's something I had in mind, ' Ramos said after the game. But we continued well and also had our chances afterwards.

There is also a view that Bale can be very effective using his pace against exhausted rivals in the last 20 minutes of games as he did on Saturday. "Sometimes it has been harmful to us, and today it ruled out an important goal".

Karim Benzema fired in the game's real opening goal on the hour mark after being teed up by Vinicius Junior.

Moments later Ajax threatened and Noussair Mazraoui was played in by Dusan Tadic only to screw his shot across goal and wide.

"[Vinicius] did well, but they all did", the Argentine said.

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