Ajax fans' fireworks disrupt Real Madrid ahead of Champions League tie

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The Ajax defender was the scorer of the first ever Champions League goal that was disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee aka VAR. "He did everything he had to do from the moment he came into the pitch".

The Amsterdam team went into Wednesday's match in something of a form crisis since the Dutch league's winter break.

With an impending move to La Liga, Ten Hag said it was natural that De Jong would want to impress against Real. We did, but you have to be more ruthless.

Real went into the match brimming with confidence from a run of six wins and one draw in its last seven matches. "Real will feel more pressure in front of their own fans".

"I like Ajax very much", added Courtois.

Former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid star Owen believes that the stage is set for an open game on Wednesday night between the two sides.

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

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Ajax, in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2006, had lost its last six matches against Madrid.

Tadic then held off Sergio Ramos to fire in a shot that hit the post, and Ziyech missed another one-on-one chance with Courtois as Ajax's incisive passing stretched the visitors. Vinicius Junior came closest for Madrid when he cut in from the left wing and shot on target only for Onana to palm the ball over the bar.

Ajax struck back with Hakim Ziyech's goal to keep a slither of hope going into March's second leg, while they also felt aggrieved when Nicolas Tagliafico's opener was chalked off in controversial circumstances by the VAR.

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.

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.

But just before the hour mark Benzema made the breakthrough with his 60th Champions League goal on his 450th Real appearance.

Real coach Santiago Solari, whose predecessors Zinedine Zidane and Julen Lopetegui both used young players only when they had to, has made youth his first choice since being tasked with rejuvenating his team in November.

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