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Solari discusses VAR after Madrid benefit twice in a week

Solari discusses VAR after Madrid benefit twice in a week

Real Madrid scored two vital away goals against Ajax in their last-16 Champions League tie at the Amsterdam Arena.

The Dutch side proved a tough ask for Santi Solari’s side with Barcelona bound Frenkie De Jong pulling the strings for the home side.

With the game fairly even for the first 45 minutes, Ajax did have themselves in front only for the Nicolas Tagliafico’s goal to be ruled out by VAR.

The home side would rue that decision on the hour mark as Karim Benzema hammered home a superb finish following good work from Vinicius Jr.

Not to be written off, the hosts bounced back though as Hakim Ziyech struck but they failed to hold on to the draw with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to strike late.

Following the game, Madrid boss Solari discussed his side’s win and was quizzed on the VAR decision that saw Tagliafico’s goal ruled out after a foul on Thibaut Courtois by Dusan Tadic.

“I am yet to see the incident closely, as we do not have a monitor,” he told reporters.

“However, we trust in VAR and in what the referee says in these moments”

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Also on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur were in action as they secured a superb home win over German side Borussia Dortmund.

Goals from Heung Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente secured the win for Maurico Pochettino’s side but the will face a tricky trip to Germany for the second leg against a free scoring Dortmund.

On Tuesday evening, Manchester United hosted Paris Saint Germain, who were without Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

That mattered little for the French side, however, as they secured a 2-0 away win thanks to goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.

Finally, Italian side Roma had young teenager Nicolo Zaniolo to thank for a win over Porto after he netted a brace on the 70th minute and 76th minute.

Adrian Lopez kept the tie alone though with a vital away goal for the Portuguese side.