Ajax’s David Neres (L) and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on February 13, 2019. JOHN THYS / AFP


Marco Asensio came off the bench to snatch holders Real Madrid a 2-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League last 16 first leg in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

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Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico saw his header become the first goal to be ruled out by VAR in the Champions League, before Karim Benzema slotted Real in front.

Hakim Ziyech levelled in the 75th minute for the hosts, but Asensio struck three minutes from time to boost Real’s hopes of a fourth straight European crown.

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