Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio on target in Real Madrid victory

Pochettino's side had been under pressure as Dortmund dominated the first half at Wembley, but Hugo Lloris kept them level with a series of fine saves.

The big talking point of the first half, however, was Ajax's dominance and then, quite possibly, Ajax's goal.

Ajax pressed Madrid but lost 2-1 at home to the three-time reigning champions in the opening leg of their last-16 tie in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

As well as the disallowed goal, Tadic hit a post and Ajax were full value for their equaliser scored by Hakim Ziyech.

A header from Nicolas Tagliafico was ruled out by VAR, apparently because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and standing in front of Real goalkeeper Courtois as the ball looped in.

Although Solari has not enjoyed an unblemished start to his Real Madrid spell, Hunter pointed to the improvements the Argentine has implemented, and a set of resilient characteristics that are sure to help the reigning Champions League winners propel themselves toward a fourth-successive European crown. The Los Blancos skipper made a decision to grapple with Kasper Dolberg to receive a yellow knowingly.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino saluted his Tottenham Hotspur "heroes" as they took a huge step toward reaching the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Ajax and Real Madrid looked like they were headed to the Bernabeu with this enticing Champions League knockout tie evenly poised. "We had to work, suffer, know how to escape the press, and be strong".

But nearly 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.

Eden Hazard has said Maurizio Sarri's style of play is "more like my philosophy of football" as the Chelsea coach attempts to turn the club's faltering season around. The Madrid manager also talked about Bale and said "I'm very happy with everyone's performance".

"Whatever Maurizio Sarri feels is the best way to do that, we will all go along with, but there seems to be a sense that the way they're playing has been cottoned on by the other teams".

Malmö responded well and almost got their equaliser from a goalmouth scramble, but Kepa Arrizabalaga wasn't tested and Chelsea held on to their narrow lead at half time.

  • Julie Sanders