Real Madrid secured a tight 2-1 away triumph against Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night
Although the reigning holders pulled off a vital victory, they’ve been struggling for the majority of the game against the highly motivated hosts.
Things could have gone the opposite direction should the referee Damir Skomina opted not to disallow the Lancers’ opener in the 40th minute.
If it wasn’t for the VAR intervention, Los Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would have been the one to blame for Ajax taking the lead as he made a horrible mistake that eventually led to a controversial goal.
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Nicolas Tagliafico's 'goal' is called back after a VAR review for offside, bailing Thibaut Courtois out of a bad error.
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Although many experts have pointed out that VAR often favors big teams, the 26-year-old shot-stopper believes the referee was right to rule out Nicolas Tagliafico’s goal in the closing stage of the first half.
“I think it was the right decision, when it happened I thought maybe offside,” he told BT Sport.
“Because of his intention I made a quick movement, and the ball bounced on my arm. It was an unlucky goal for me to concede, but when I saw the screen, I saw a possible offside.
“I think it was the correct decision and luckily for us, there was VAR because otherwise, nobody would have seen it.”