Ajax vs Real Madrid: how and where to watch

Heather Diaz
February 14, 2019

Rather than disallowing the goal for a foul on Courtois, who struggled to claim a header from Mattijs De Ligt under pressure, VAR ruled that the player in the Real Madrid goalkeeper's path was actually caught offside by a fraction.

The Amsterdam team went into Wednesday's match in something of a form crisis since the Dutch league's winter break. You have to know how to read games and we did that.

However, a lengthy VAR review eventually ruled out the goal with Tadic, marginally offside, standing in front of the Real keeper as the ball looped in.

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.

"We dominated, forced many chances, but scored too little".

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

Ten Hag was not convinced by the video images he saw.

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"His adaptation has been very fast", Solari said.

Those two games highlighted the question Solari has to resolve in Holland: against Barcelona he played the experienced Marcelo at left back and watched as Barca picked on the Brazilian time and again, exposing his poor positioning and clearly marking him as the weak link in the Madrid defense.

In the night's other round-of-16 match, Tottenham beat Dortmund 3-0, with all the goals coming in the second half at Wembley. It's disappointing to give it away in the last few minutes.

Vinicius chased a ball over the top down the wing and cut inside before finding Benzema, who sent an unerring finish high into the net.

"I'm particularly happy with his goal and his performance", he said of Asensio. It's a shame our goal was disallowed.

Real Madrid advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing first in Group G, while Ajax advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group E.

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has paid tribute to Sergio Ramos ahead of the captain making his 600th appearance for the club.

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