Ajax vs Real Madrid 1-2 Ajax hearts in the round- of-16 match in the Champions League.
Substitute Marco Asensio scored a late winner as defending champion Real Madrid beat Ajax 2-1 Wednesday in the first leg of their round- of-16 match in the Champions League.
Asensio, was unmarked at the far post as he tapped in a cross from the right by Dani Cavajal in the 87th minute to put Madrid in a strong position going into the second leg on March 5.
Ajax must beat the heaviness of ongoing history as they go up against holders Real Madrid offering to achieve the Uefa Champions League quarterfinals without precedent for a long time. Catch all the activity live on SuperSport.
The Dutch club have come to the round of 16 out of the blue since 2005/06 however have never succeeded at this phase of the UEFA Champions League. Besides, Ajax have lost their last six diversions to Real Madrid, yielding 20 objectives while scoring just two.
Interestingly, Real Madrid have proceeded with their record of showing up in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 consistently since its presentation in 2003/04 – and have not lost a tie at this crossroads in nine years.
Madrid have won the last three versions of the UEFA Champions League and have won their last nine two-legged knockout ties in the challenge, since thrashing by Juventus in the 2014/15 semi-finals.
The groups have met multiple times in UEFA rivalry – all in the European Cup – Real Madrid winning seven and Ajax four with just a single draw, 1-1 in the principal experience in Amsterdam in the 1967/68 European Cup initially round first leg.
Madrid won the second leg 2-1 in Spain to advance.
Ajax won the following four installations between the sides, in the semi-last of their triumphant 1972/73 European Cup crusade (2-1 home, 1-0 away) and, as holders, in the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League assemble arrange (1-0 home, 2-0 away), when they proceeded to achieve another last.
In the last battle, Marc Overmars – presently Ajax’s chief of player undertakings – scored the main objective in Amsterdam with Edwin van der Sar (presently Ajax’s general executive) and Danny Blind, father of Daley, playing in the two amusements.
Madrid have commanded late challenges between the sides, beating Ajax home and away in the gathering stage in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13. Their last outing to Amsterdam brought a 4-1 accomplishment in October 2012 – Madrid won by the equivalent scoreline at the Santiago Bernabéu two months after the fact – making it 11 objectives in their last three visits to Ajax.
Daley Blind played in both the sides’ 2012/13 diversions, Lasse Schöne going ahead as a first-half substitute in Madrid’s 4-1 home win.
Karim Benzema was on focus in Madrid’s success at Ajax in October 2012 having likewise discovered the net in a 4-0 accomplishment in Amsterdam in November 2010 and in Madrid’s 3-0 home triumph against Ajax the next September.
The 2005/06 tie against Internazionale is Ajax’s sole past UEFA Champions League round of 16 challenge; the Dutch club attracted 2-2 the home first leg – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opening the scoring – before a 1-0 rout in Milan.
Ajax’s last UEFA Champions League quarter-last came in 2002/03, when they were beaten 3-2 at AC Milan having drawn the home first leg 0-0.
The Dutch club are without a success in their last six UEFA Champions League knockout apparatuses (D2 L4), since a 3-2 triumph at Atlético Madrid in the 1996/97 quarter-last second leg that finished a 4-3 total achievement.
A 1-1 attract the primary leg of that Atlético tie implies Ajax have not won any of their last five home UEFA Champions League knockout matches (D3 L2), most as of late beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the 1995/96 quarter-last second leg (3-0 total).
Ajax’s last understanding of Spanish resistance came in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League assemble organize, when they drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo before a 3-2 home triumph.
The Amsterdammers have won just two of their last 14 recreations against Spanish rivals (D1 L11).
Ajax’s record in two-legged knockout ties against Spanish clubs is W7 L2, the latest a 3-0 total misfortune (0-1 home, 0-2 away) against Mallorca in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round.
Ajax are unbeaten in Europe in 2018/19 – a keep running of 12 matches (W7 D5). They won their initial five home amusements previously a 3-3 draw against Bayern München on matchday six, completing second behind the German club in Group E.
Ajax are the sole side still included who came through qualifying. The other 15 members in the round of 16 all entered the challenge at the gathering stage.
This is Real Madrid’s 23rd UEFA Champions League crusade – and the 23rd in which they have achieved the knockout stage.
Madrid are holders and 13-time champions. Semi-finalists or better in every one of the last eight seasons, this is their 49th European Cup battle – more than some other side.
Madrid are hoping to achieve the quarter-finals for the ninth progressive year. Their round of 16 record is W9 L6; they lost at this phase for a long time in succession somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2010 however have won their last eight ties.
In 2017/18, Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at home and 2-1 away, Marcelo scoring in the primary leg and Casemiro in the second.
This is the Merengues’ first knockout tie against Dutch adversaries since a 2-0 total win (1-0 away, 1-0 home) against Vitesse in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup third round. That made Madrid’s record in two-legged challenges with Eredivisie clubs W6 L3; their keep going total annihilation went ahead away objectives against PSV Eindhoven in the 1987/88 European Champion Clubs’ Cup semi-last (1-1 home, 0-0 away).
Madrid have won on five of their last six visits to the Netherlands, the 1995 thrashing at Ajax their sole misfortune in their last eight treks (W5 D2).
This season, Madrid completed best of Group G with 12 points in spite of losing the two recreations against base side CSKA Moskva – including a 3-0 invert at the Bernabéu on matchday six that was the club’s heaviest home European annihilation.
Madrid have still lost just six of their last 39 European matches, home and away, winning 26.
Beside the 1-0 misfortune at CSKA on matchday two, Madrid won 5-0 at Viktoria Plzen and 2-0 at Roma in the gathering stage, and have won 13 of their last 21 European away matches, losing only four.