Not once Ajax Amsterdam was eliminated this season in the Champions League as a loser. This changed after the Reals visit, but it was not overwhelming.
In the 87th minute, Marco Asensi goalkeeper Andrea Onana failed to catch Danny Carvahal's ball. And the target was the result of the counterattack.
Only that can be seen as a compliment to Ajax's appearance: the Dutch were also looking for the final stages of the victory after Hakim Ziech had fifteen minutes before the end of the equalizer, but he did succeed.
"Royal" a little royal
As a team that could win the Champions League in the last 3 years, Real did not show up. On the contrary: Santiago Solari's home team for 5 games without losing points was overloaded with the challenging push of the Dutch.
The result: Different losses of the defense ball from which dangerous situations originate.
- 9 minutes: Sergio Ramos kills the ball in the center line. Noussair Mazraoui joined Dusan Tadic in boxing but his shot went in the far corner.
- 26 minutes: Sergio Reggiola clarifies on the left side only Lasse Krassi, after whose head Tadic just hit the post.
- 36 minutes: At the end of a valuable Ajax combination is Ziyech, who acts too hesitantly and finds his master at Thibaut Courtois.
Then he only finished the ball by hand. The result of Nikolay Tagliafico, however, was withdrawn after consulting video evidence. For the first time, VAR played a crucial role in the Champions League match.
Even after the break Ajax was closer to 1: 0. But even David Neres rescued the nerves only in front of Belgian keeper of Real. Karim Benzema did better after just one hour, ending the second real chance for the Spaniards with 1-0 victory after Vinicius' good training.
Link to broadcast: SRF two, sportlive, 13.02.19, 18:30 clock