Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Ajax v Real Madrid

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

Marco Asensio scored a late victor for Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory at Ajax Amsterdam, who were left to rue a goal disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg on Wednesday.

The Ajax defender was the scorer of the first ever Champions League goal that was disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee aka VAR.

Hakim Ziyech thought he had secured a deserved draw for the home side at Johan Cruijff ArenA, but Marco Asensio struck late on to put Madrid in control of the tie.

What: Real Madrid will take on Ajax in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League. I think in most parts of the game we dominated the game and created some big chances.

"We kept control, scored a really nice goal, they made a good 1-1 and we got another for 1-2 and we are really happy with the victory".

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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"As a team we did well, it was too bad that our goal is rejected".

"They had chances, I made some good saves and we were lucky to win the game today".

"Only point of criticism is our lack in efficacy". And the other negative thing is that we have to stay focused until the end. That was the case this night.

It was the first time that VAR has ever ruled out a goal in the Champions League. Marcos Llorente is sidelined with a thigh injury that will keep him out until March, but with Lucas Vaquez in form and Luka Modric returning to somewhere close to his best, the rest of the team will virtually pick itself with Thibaut Courtois in goal, Dani Carvajal Sergio Ramos in defense, Modric, Korros and Casemiro in the middle and Benzema and Vazquez up front.

"But all the compliments for my team".

The visitors came out firing in the second half and they almost went ahead after 50 minutes when Dani Carvajal played in Karim Benzema, who saw his first-time strike saved by Andre Onana. We're looking forward to it, we're confident we can take them on.

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