Champions League: Substitute Asensio strikes late, Real Madrid beats Ajax 2-1

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unbeaten as Manchester United boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unbeaten as Manchester United boss

Sergio Ramos will make his 600th appearance for Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 first leg against Ajax on Wednesday.

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. "Not only the goal, which of course was very important for us".

"Frenkie is fit", Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said earlier on Tuesday.

Few would have imagined how much of an impact a skinny long-haired teenager from Andalusia would go on to have in Madrid after joining for 27 million euros (£24 million) in 2005. "There we can learn from Madrid - they created less chances but scored more goals". "We underperformed against Heracles and Feyenoord in the league", he said of recent domestic defeats that left Ajax off the pace in the Dutch title race.

Tagliafico's header shortly before half time was chalked off when, after re-watching the incident as part of a VAR review, referee Skomina deemed Dusan Tadic to have been interfering with play from an offside position.

Like I said, he's great and we all like him.

Solari said he had not seen the images. But it started confidently and Tadic almost gave Ajax the lead, his 26th-minute shot hitting the post after beating Courtois.

Ajax were level with 15 minutes remaining as Neres broke free down the left before cutting the ball back for Ziyech, who slotted into the bottom corner.

Young forward Vinicius Junior is will start alongside Bale and Karim Benzema in a front three.

Benzema tested the reflexes of home goalkeeper Andre Onana just after the break, a warning of his threat that was not heeded as he netted on the hour-mark with a rasping finish into the top-corner after Vinicius Jr. picked him out after having been given acres of space in the box.

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.

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