Ajax Amsterdam Vs Real Madrid : Champions League Match, Goal Scorers and Stats

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Time :9:00pm
Date : 13th February,2019
Stadium: The Johan Cruyff Arena
Team News:
Dutch giants Ajax will welcome European champions Real Madrid to Amsterdam on Wednesday night for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
Madrid have had their problems this season, but Santiago Solari's side will enter this week's match off the back of a fine run of form and will be confident of taking an advantage into the second leg at the Bernabeu.
Tadic, who arrived at Ajax from Southampton last summer, has scored 22 times in all competitions for his Dutch club this season and could lead the line on Wednesday night.
Tadic's role in the middle could well see both Huntelaar and Dolberg left on the bench, with Ziyech and David Neres providing the support in the wide positions.
Matthijs de Ligt - believed to be a target for a host of the world's biggest clubs - will start in central defence, while there will also be a spot for Frenkie de Jong, who is heading for Barcelona this summer.
Former Manchester United player Daley Blind is also expected to make the Ajax XI this week.
As for Madrid, Jesus Vallejo and Luca Zidane remain on the sidelines with hamstring problems. They are joined by Marcos Llorente, who will miss the next three weeks or so with a groin problem.
Isco has also been ruled out with a back and neck injury, but Solari has no fresh injury concerns from the team that overcame Atletico at the weekend.
Madrid's XI could indeed be unchanged from the one that started against Atletico, meaning that Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez would again flank Karim Benzema, leaving Gareth Bale on the bench.
Sergio Reguilon is expected to again get the nod over Marcelo at left-back, with Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos starting in the middle of the park.
Ajax possible starting lineup:
Onana; Mazraoui, Blind, De Ligt, Tagliafico; Schone, De Jong, Van de Beek; Neres, Tadic, Ziyech

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Lucas, Benzema, Vinicius
Head To Head
The two teams have met on 12 occasions in the European Cup. Madrid lead the head-to-head seven wins to four, with only one draw taking place
Madrid have won each of the last six meetings between the two teams, but Ajax won four straight matches against the Spanish giants between April 1973 and November 1995.
On Madrid's last visit to Amsterdam in October 2012, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.
Goal Scorer:
Ajax : Hakim Ziyech (75)
Real Madrid : Karim Benzema (60), Marcos Ascensio (87)

Published at: 11:49 PM, 11/02/2019 (5 days ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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