However, Asensio converted the victor when he met a stunning delivery from Dani Carvajal at the far post.
"We did everything and that shows the strength of this group".
Bayern Munich and Ajax have both won the European Cup three times in a row but only Madrid have managed more, when they lifted five on the bounce in the 1950s. "I think we saw in the World Cup it was a good experience with all countries in favour of VAR and it worked well", he said, as quoted by Goal.
Ajax were level with 15 minutes remaining as Neres broke free down the left before cutting the ball back for Ziyech, who slotted into the bottom corner. We did, but you have to be more ruthless. "We underperformed against Heracles and Feyenoord in the league", he said of recent domestic defeats that left Ajax off the pace in the Dutch title race.
Isco has managed just five La Liga starts this term and missed Madrid's 3-1 win over rivals Atletico on Saturday.
"His adaptation has been very fast", Solari said.
Kasper Dolberg came close to levelling again in stoppage time, but Courtois stuck out a hand to block his effort as Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was made to work hard for the win in his 600th match for the club. It's a shame that our goal was disallowed.
Vinicius chased a ball over the top down the wing and cut inside before finding Benzema, who sent an unerring finish high into the net.
Ajax's Donny van de Beek, right, argues with referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019.
Karim Benzema fired in the game's real opening goal on the hour mark after being teed up by Vinicius Junior.
"They are the future of Real Madrid", Solari said.