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Solari urges coaches to trust VAR after disallowed goal

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Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari believes they must rely on VAR to make the tough calls following Ajax’s disallowed goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 win.

The Dutch giants thought they had taken the lead through Nicolas Tagliafico in the first-half before VAR ruled it out due to the offside Dusan Tadic blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

It proved to be a decisive factor at Amsterdam with Karim Benzema scoring his seventh goal in as many games to hand Real a 60th-minute lead.

Hakim Ziyech had equalised for Ajax before Marco Asensio scored the match-winner thanks to Dani Carvajal’s cross in the final three minutes of the game.

The result leaves Real with a 2-1 aggregate lead heading into the return leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 5.

Speaking afterwards, Solari insisted that the match officials have to be trusted with the decisions as they are the only ones with the means to decide.

“Us coaches don’t have monitors [to make a judgement]. We rely on what VAR and the referees say,” said Solari on the club website.

The Argentine coach was, however, satisfied with the performance of his team after securing their seventh win in eight games despite a difficult start against Ajax.

“There’s no such thing as an easy game in the last 16 of the Champions League and there’s not a single side that aren’t really strong,” said Solari.

“They showed great energy, they put everything into it and they really made us work for the win”.

Meanwhile, Solari also paid tribute to substitute Asensio after grabbing a critical late winner for Los Blancos.

“I’m really happy with the goal and Asensio’s performance,” said Solari on Asensio.

“We’ve had four games since he’s returned from injury, he’s played in three of them and tonight he performed as he has to from the moment he came on.

“Not only in terms of his goal but because of the way he ran at them, kept the ball, defended and was brave enough to get on the end of the cross to score”.

Real will next take on Girona at home on Sunday in La Liga.