Real Madrid beat Ajax away from home in the Champions League, thanks to Marco Asensio’s late strike. However, it was not without a little help from the VAR, after the dutch side saw a first half goal disallowed for offside.
Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico was already in the wind, celebrating a first half goal. Only to have his celebration cut short and goal disallowed by referree Damir Skomina after a review of the footage showed Dusan Tadic interfered with game from a offside position.
The deadlock was eventually broken by Karim Benzema after the French man was found by the Vicinus Jr on the hour mark. Ajax equalized through Hakim Ziyech 15 minutes later, but Madrid had the last laugh. Marco Asensio giving the Los Blancos the lead with just three minutes left on normal time.
After the game, Barcelona signing Frenkie De Jong expressed his anger. Suggesting the VAR favoured the big teams, as he fired a warning at Real Madrid that the tie isn’t over yet, with the second leg at Santiago Bernabau to be the decider.
“In Spain, we must play just as we did here at home”, he said
“With daring and conviction. Nothing has been decided yet. Real will also feel more pressure in front of its own audience.
“As a team we did well. It’s a shame that our goal was disallowed. Maybe something like that falls easily in favour of the big club, we’ve also had that. But we continued well and also had our chances afterwards. Pity that it didn’t yield a better result.”
It wasn’t for a lack of chances, but Ajax literally matched Real Madrid all the way. Surely the second leg is bound to be more of a war than a game at the Santiago Bernabau, if De Jongs words are anything to go by.