Real Madrid ensured they were going to take maximum advantage back home, as they managed to beat the tenacious, young and vibrant Ajax Amsterdam, 2-1 at the Johan Cruff Arena.
The Netherlands outfit could’ve caused Los Blancos real damage in the first half, had it not been for the woodwork and video assistant referee (VAR).
Dusan Tadic’s swerving effort left Courtois helpless but could only hit the crossbar.
Despite putting the defending champions on red alert, Ajax still looked like the side that would break the deadlock.
They thought they had– when Courtois failed to handle a cross perfectly, just after making a good safe– Tagliafico rose highest to nod the ball into the net but centre referee ruled it out after consulting VAR.
UEFA’s twitter handle dropped a thread of two tweets after the match to explain the referee’s decision to cancel the goal.
Second half saw vintage Real Madrid take the lead and punish Ajax for not making use of their first half chances.
Luka Modric sent a brilliant pass to Vinicius Jnr, who ran through the left wing, beating and leaving his markers on the ground before rolling a pass to Karim Benzema whose shot broke the deadlock for the defending champions.
Ajax were definitely not going down without a fight. 15 minutes later, Neres slid a pass across to an anxious Hakim Ziyech, who made no mistake tucking the ball in for an equalizer.
Santiago Solari knew his side needed reinforcements and he brought in Mariano and Marco Asensio. The Spanish younger star came in and stole the match for Real Madrid.
Carvajal sent in an in-swinger with three minutes left to play, Marco Asensio made no mistake tapping in for a winner. The brave Ajax players felt hard on by that late goal as they deserved much more from the contest.
To put into perspective how huge the win was for Solari and his men, apart from taking two goals advantage to Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid became the first team to beat Ajax Amsterdam away from home this season.