A late Asensio goal gives lucky Madrid a big advantage for the return. But it was Ajax who started furiously. Right from the whistle Ajax put pressure on Madrid with a lot of aggression. It was however the Spanish team which had the first real good chances. But Bale could only produce weak finishes.
Ajax didn’t however give up, pressed much and kept on attacking. Ziyech proofed to be a big problem for the record Spanish champions. His through balls created a lot of danger. Ajax was also unlucky when Tadic hit the post. Ajax didn’t give up and the aggressive style and passion caused Madrid many problems. Courtois had a great save, but just before halftime he made catastrophic mistake and Ajax scored. But the newly introduced VAR intervened. After watching the situation referee Skomina disallowed the goal.
It was a lucky escape but Madrid was determined not to push their luck. Madrid was the better team the second half. Vinicius broke through on the left side , dribbled in the box and gave the ball to Benzema who finished it elegantly. After the initial shock , Ajax coach Ten Hag reacted and brought Dolberg as an additional striker. It immediately paid off as the home side broke through on their strong left side with Neres. His cross was converted by the Moroccan star Ziyech.
The goal gave the Dutch team wings and they went for the winner. But Madrid is an experienced team with good players. The champions used the space for a deadly counter. It was sub Asensio, the man with the Dutch roots, who scored the important second goal. A strong reflex by Courtois secured the Madrid win and gave the Spanish side a big advantage for the return for which Ramos is suspended.