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Solari: Asensio has done everything that he had to do

Solari: Asensio has done everything that he had to do

What time does Ajax vs Real Madrid start where you are? It's a shame our goal was disallowed.

Ziyech, who had equalised with 15 minutes of normal time left only to see Asensio snatch a late victor midweek, insists Ajax can go to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return leg without fear.

There was undoubtedly the presence of Dusan Tadic to factor into the equation, who stands in the way of Courtois as the Belgian looks to claim a loose ball inside his penalty area, but the former Southampton midfielder would feel incredibly hard done by had the goal been ruled out for obstruction.

Sergio Ramos is facing a potential extended suspension from UEFA after admitting he deliberately received a yellow card during Real Madrid's Champions League win over Ajax on Wednesday evening.

Ten Hag said Real would be favourites with Ajax still short of experience at the highest level after finishing second in the group phase behind Bayern Munich.

"But I think that is true for all our players. We trust what VAR or the referees say", he said. We worked and suffered and scored when we created chances. I want to congratulate their great fans and a team that plays such good football, with real character, despite them having so many youngsters.




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. But it started confidently and Tadic almost gave Ajax the lead, his 26th-minute shot hitting the post after beating Courtois.

Ajax didn't give up and after substitute Kasper Dolberg had missed, Hakim Ziyech produced the equalizer in the 75th minute.

Karim Benzema fired in the game's real opening goal on the hour mark after being teed up by Vinicius Junior.

Ajax played well despite their defeat and Madrid were made to work for the win.

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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