VAR wins backing of Ramos and Courtois after controversial Tagliafico call

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However, Asensio converted the victor when he met a stunning delivery from Dani Carvajal at the far post.

While in 2010, Ramos and Xabi Alonso were fined by UEFA and Jose Mourinho received a one-match touchline ban after the Portuguese told the two players to get themselves sent off in a group-stage clash against Ajax. "He did everything he had to do from the moment he came into the pitch. I think we saw in the World Cup it was a good experience with all countries in favour of VAR and it worked well", he said, as quoted by Goal.

Ajax had looked on course for a draw when Hakim Ziyech shot under Thibaut Courtois in the 75th minute to cancel out Karim Benzema's opener 15 minutes earlier.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag was bemused by the VAR decision.

It read: "After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Isco, his back and neck pain has been diagnosed as acute dorsalgia & cervicalgia". Let's hope we can enjoy him for plenty more games.

A header from Nicolas Tagliafico was ruled out by VAR, apparently because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and standing in front of Real goalkeeper Courtois as the ball looped in.

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

'Yes, the truth is that seeing the result... it's something I had in mind, ' Ramos said after the game.

The controversial decision meant Real went in at half-time on level terms with all three goals coming in the second half. Solari gave Vinicius 90 minutes in his first match in charge, more than Lopetegui had in all 14 of his.

Ajax are seeking to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 16 years, while Real have not lost a tie at this stage in nearly a decade.

Real created little in the first half.

Vinicius beat Noussair Mazraoui on the left wing, cut inside, found Benzema and the French striker smashed home the opening goal. It's a shame our goal was disallowed.

Ajax will parade their latest crop of young gems at the Johan Cruyff Arena, where Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt will attempt to live up to already-swelling reputations while the likes of Donny van de Beek, Andre Onana and Kasper Dolberg could also enhance theirs.

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