Fans Are Furious After VAR Rules Out Ajax's Goal Against Real Madrid

Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Ajax v Real Madrid

Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Ajax v Real Madrid

Real Madrid against Ajax would typically be a clash of stars against prodigies but, when they face each other in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie today, the difference will be harder to distinguish.

The La Liga side have won their last five games in the league, while Ajax have only won two of their last five outings to leave them second in the Dutch league and trailing leaders PSV Eindhoven by six points.

Eden Hazard has said Maurizio Sarri's style of play is "more like my philosophy of football" as the Chelsea coach attempts to turn the club's faltering season around. Tomorrow is very important for this competition and this is where we focus.

"Frenkie is fit", Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said earlier on Tuesday.

"This historic Real Madrid has the stamp of his character so we hope he can play many more games for Real Madrid".

Now sitting as the club's top scorer with 22 goals in all competitions this season, ex-Southampton attacker Dusan Tadic will lead the line for the hosts.

Hazard has postponed contract talks in order to keep his summer options open, and last month Sarri said he should join Madrid at the end of the season if he believes that will make him happy.

Vinicius Junior has had less playing time than Ajax's de Jong, with only six starts in LaLiga and one in the Champions League, but the Brazilian's impact has been arguably just as dramatic as the Dutchman.

Ajax got the goal their play deserved with 15 minutes remaining as Ziyech side-footed home after a sweeping move, latching on to a delivery from David Neres on the left. But it started confidently and Tadic almost gave Ajax the lead, his 26th-minute shot hitting the post after beating Courtois.

Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dives for a ball fired off the post by Ajax's Dusan Tadic during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019.