Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong believes Video Assisted Referee decisions can “easily fall in favour of the big club”, as his side found out in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
After passing up a few first-half chances of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, left-back Nicolas Tagliafico appeared to give Ajax the lead when he headed past Thibaut Courtois towards the end of the first half. The home side’s celebrations were cut short when referee Damir Skomina stopped to review the footage and ruled that Dusan Tadic had interfered with play from an offside position as he jumped towards the Madrid goalkeeper.
Karim Benzema fired in the game’s real opening goal on the hour mark after being teed up by Vinicius Junior. The Amsterdam side pulled level 15 minutes later through Hakim Ziyech, only for Marco Asensio to ensure Santiago Solari’s men take the advantage into the second leg in Madrid.