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WATCH: First Ever CL VAR Decision Denies Ajax Half-Time Lead Over Madrid

WATCH: First Ever CL VAR Decision Denies Ajax Half-Time Lead Over Madrid

Sometimes you just wish VAR would go and......arrrrrgghhhh!

Ajax had thought they'd taken a 39th minute lead against Real Madrid in tonight's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie at the AmsterdamArena, with the players, management and home crowd sent into rapture when Nicolás Tagliafico's header looped over a stricken Thibaut Courtois and into the Madrid net.

But almost two full minutes after the goal had gone in, Slovenian referee Damir Skomina struck a bemused expression as the teams prepared to restart the game. And then it came.

The look to the sideline. Whatever the Slovenian for "Dodgy enough, is it?" mouthed. And your man started with drawing the big square box.

It turns out Dusan Tadic was all of six inches offside when blocking off Courtois in his bid to retrieve a mess of his own making, and  Skomina chalked the goal off - the first major influence VAR has had in Champions League history, having been introduced for this year's knockout stages.

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And of course, Madrid have just gone and scored. That monitor will do well to survive the next half hour.

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Aaron Strain

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