Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos denies deliberately getting booked

"The referee identified that Tagliafico's teammate Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and interfering with the goalkeeper - preventing him from playing or being able to play the ball - as the header was being made", said Uefa on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Real captain Sergio Ramos has backtracked on his suggestion that he deliberately earned a yellow card to ensure he would be banned for the second leg and, as a result, be available for a possible quarter-final.

All yellow cards and pending suspensions expire after the quarter-finals and can not be carried forward to the semis.

Los Blancos - who are currently third on the league table, nine points behind bitter rivals FC Barcelona - have now lost one more game than they managed in the entire 2017/18 campaign, with 14 league games still to be played.

"I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn't really very easy after the last match the 6-0 loss to Manchester City, " Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said after the match.

"I'm very surprised by all of this".

Deliberately forcing a booking to bring on a suspension is against UEFA rules and carries a two-game suspension and perhaps Ramos had been warned of that when he tried to retract those words in a later social media post.

"It was a unsafe counter-attack in the 88th minute, with the game and the tie open".

"That's why I said that I would lie if I said I did not know that I was carrying a penalty, just as I knew that I had no other choice than to make a mistake". "It's something I was thinking about, it's not to underestimate the opponent nor say the tie is over but in football you have to take hard decisions so I chose to do it".

"If I wanted to force a suspension, I could have done it in the group stage - in the game against Roma, because we were already qualified in first place, and in the last game against CSKA [Moscow] as it was inconsequential".

Los Blancos secured a first-leg advantage against Ajax through Marco Asensio's goal two minutes before the controversial booking.

"In a game there is always a lot of tension and you have to take decisions in seconds". The best of today is the result.

Higuain, 31, has impressed since arriving at Stamford Bridge on loan in January, scoring twice in a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town and looking unsafe even as Chelsea suffered an historic 6-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Should Ramos be given a similar punishment to Carvajal, he would miss the first leg of the quarter-final if Madrid hold on to their lead against Ajax.

  • Stacy Allen