Ajax pressed Madrid however misplaced 2-1 at residence to the three-time reigning champions within the opening leg of their last-16 tie in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Nicolas Tagliafico had a objective disallowed within the first half following a VAR evaluate, with referee Damir Skomina penalising Dusan Tadic for interfering with Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois whereas in an offside place.
Ajax then fell behind to Karim Benzema’s opener earlier than Hakim Ziyech equalised, although Marco Asensio snatched victory for Madrid with three minutes remaining at Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Speaking afterwards, Ajax head coach Ten Hag instructed reporters: “I’ve seen an glorious Ajax in opposition to an opponent of world class and top-of-the-line of Europe, Real Madrid. I feel in most components of the game we dominated the game and created some large possibilities.
“This was due to our good defence and the excessive stress on the ball. That helped us create possibilities, but in addition within the construct-up we performed and got some possibilities and I noticed a excellent Ajax. We created possibilities on this excessive European stage in opposition to a world class group.
“Only level of criticism is our lack in efficacy. We ought to have completed this higher, then we might have scored a number of instances additional. And the opposite unfavourable factor is that now we have to remain centered till the tip. If you make small errors, a group like Real Madrid are cruel and can punish you for that. That was the case this night time.
“And then the second with the VAR, which will be very essential on this part of the competitors, with the objective being dominated out. It’s such a disgrace this objective wasn’t accredited.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 13, 2019
“But all the compliments for my team. They followed the plan and play with a good spirit. This gives us confidence for the future. This is the way we have to continue.”
Ajax at the moment sit second within the Eredivisie, six factors back of leaders PSV and can get the possibility to overturn Wednesday’s end result when the 2 sides meet for the second leg on March 5.
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