Real Madrid and Ajax met at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands to start the Champions League's second round, with a victory for the Spanish team as expected, although the image of both teams did not happen at all as the bets boasted before the shock.
Despite the consolidation of the team led by Solari in recent weeks and the draw against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals, the image it left in the Netherlands was quite gray against an Ajax that was brave and daring and ruled the match in almost all its development, beyond some confusions in the first time.
The decisive factor: the individual quality of the white team. With the tireless boarding of Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid scored the first goal, after several feints of the Brazilian to end up passing Benzema the ball into shooting position who struck a powerful shot, unreachable for Onana and seal that certifies the good time that Karim has at the merengue team's attack.
Ziyech appeared at 74 to close the clip on a ball that Lucas Vasquez lost in physical contact, in addition to the late appearance of Sergio Ramos in the area. 1-1 the game and Ajax turned to Real Madrid with all they have left, which took its toll and left him without legs in the final stretch.
Again the quality was imposed with a surgical pass from Casemiro to the right wing for the appearance of Carvajal, who proved to be in good conditions by sending a measured center to the heart of the area and Asensio was there, recently admitted due to Benzema's problems in the end. A gray victory for Madrid that looked uncomfortable before a brave Ajax and now it has the mission to seal the pass to the quarterfinals at home.
Tottenham recovers sensations
In the other key of the second round faced Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, with a German team living a sweet moment inspired by Sancho, while the London club does not have the best present with several of its stars injured and bad results in the Premier, to the point of not having total confidence in Pochettino.
But the Champions is another competition and the lack of personality that Tottenham has been presenting in the European Cup's last editions, this time it was manifested and in what way, with a high score and dilapidated 3-0 in favor, with a very complicated scenario for Dortmund for the next match.
Reus and Alcacer, key players in the German team, were not among those available for Favre at the Wembley meeting, while Pochettino had to defend the location without Kane or Ali, bastions of his game plan several seasons ago.
The first half of the game, of knowledge and respect, left things clear for the home team, who started the second 45 minutes with the Korean Son on top and at the 47 minutes, he scored the 1-0 and woke up the stands and his own team.
When Dortmund tried it and seemed to find space, Tottenham exploited Vertonghen's clarity to put the 2-0 and sentence his rival, in addition to giving Llorente entry, which in a few minutes was felt on the scoreboard and extended to three the advantage 3-0. The trip to Germany seems accessible for a Tottenham who recovered good feelings in the Champions League.