Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois SLAMMED after blunder saved by VAR

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Real Madrid coach Santi Solari hailed his team's ability to suffer and then hit back after Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League round-of-16 first-leg win at Ajax.

Los Blancos head to Amsterdam bidding to win a fourth consecutive Champions League crown, and while they were arguably handed one of the easier ties, Courtois is not taking the Eredivisie side lightly.

"Because of his intention I made a quick movement and the ball bounced on my arm".

Yet referee Damir Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored. It was an unlucky goal for me to concede but when I saw the screen I saw a possible offside.

"The correct decision? I think so". Marcos Llorente is sidelined with a thigh injury that will keep him out until March, but with Lucas Vaquez in form and Luka Modric returning to somewhere close to his best, the rest of the team will virtually pick itself with Thibaut Courtois in goal, Dani Carvajal Sergio Ramos in defense, Modric, Korros and Casemiro in the middle and Benzema and Vazquez up front.

However, substitute Asensio grabbed Real's victor three minutes from the end.

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Ajax were by now well on top and another slick passing move put Ziyech through on goal but Courtois came out well to block. We need to switch our focus and play better.

Predrag Mijatovic is convinced that Santiago Solari is the right man to lead Real Madrid to more glory.

"But we carried on well and we had our chances afterwards".

Ten Hag said Real would be favourites with Ajax still short of experience at the highest level after finishing second in the group phase behind Bayern Munich. "But I have not seen it", he told De Telegraaf.

Minus that threat, and with a revved-up crowd backing Ajax in Amsterdam, Real Madrid found itself on the back foot more than usual and lucky to have been spared a first-half deficit.

Signed last summer for €45 million (S$69 million), Vinicius was supposed to spend his debut season settling in with the reserve side, a strategy adhered to perhaps too rigidly by Lopetegui.

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