In contrast, Ajax have little to no pressure on them as they are clear underdogs for this fixture and this gives them the freedom to focus on playing in their exciting style.
The Dutch visitors looked like they'd scored a terrific third goal to take complete control of the tie, only for referee Felix Brych to put his finger to his ear and start an agonising VAR process.
After allowing a goal, Ajax struck back in two minutes. with Lasse Schone beating Thibaut Courtois on a free kick.
Goal! Oh my! Magic from Tadic to set up David Neres who scores from close range!
Ballon d'Or holder Luka Modric admitted this week that Real Madrid failed to replace the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo, but can they save their faltering season and maintain their pursuit for a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League title? Santigo Solari's side has a 2-1 lead heading into the second leg but will be wary of the threat posed by four times European Cup winners Ajax, who tested Real during the first leg.
Real Madrid is now knocked out of Champions League in the Round of 16 after winning the tournament the past three seasons.
Yet the player's agent is no doubt that the blame lies with the Real Madrid fans.