Marco Asensio scored a late winner for Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory at Ajax Amsterdam in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg tie on Wednesday.

The Dutch side who however were left to rue a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Karim Benzema swept holders Real Madrid into the lead in the second half.

Then, Hakim Ziyech scored a deserved equaliser as an energetic Ajax created more than enough chances to win comfortably on the night.

They were also denied a first half opener when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home.

But, for the first time in UEFA Champions League history, the goal was ruled out after Slovenian referee Damir Skomina checked with the VAR and Dusan Tadic was judged offside.

The return leg will be played in Madrid on March 5 when Ajax will seek to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years.

It is worthy to remember meanwhile that Real Madrid have not lost a tie at this stage in almost a decade.(Reuters/NAN)