Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos revealed his admiration of
Ramos’ team were forced onto the back foot for the vast majority of the first half on Wednesday as the hosts controlled proceedings.
For one fleeting
But VAR had other ideas, ruling that Dusan Tadic had interfered with
The controversy follows hot on the heels of the weekend’s heated Madrid derby victory over Atletico which also saw the technology take centre-stage, but Ramos is in no doubt that its presence is beneficial.
“I am a big fan of VAR and little by little it is making football fairer,” the veteran, who made his 600th Madrid appearance in the last-16 tie, told Movistar.
“There have been occasions where it has hurt us more and today it ruled out a goal against us that was crucial.”
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Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio eventually led to a 2-1 victory in Amsterdam, the Madrid duo netting either side of Hakim Ziyech’s momentary equaliser in
But despite the result, Ramos ended the game with great respect for Madrid’s beaten foes, who now face an uphill battle in the second leg.
“It was a huge atmosphere, great fans and a great team with a lot of
“We knew they would play at that level, we suffered, it was not our best game, we had to stick together and we were able to take advantage on the counter, we got two goals to their one and it is a big step in the series.
“Ajax are a team who grow when they play at home, pressing very high, there was not much time to receive the ball and hurt them.
“We changed the flow of the game, trying to look for space behind the back of the defence. In the