Dutch club Ajax on Wednesday night, April 10, played out a 1-1 draw with Italian champions Juventus in the first leg of their 2018/19 Champions League quarterfinal.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal for Juventus in the 45th minute, and it was David Neres who restored parity for Ajax in the 46th minute as the match ended 1-1.
Apr 10 19:42 PM
Players set for the match
Ajax and Juventus players are currently warming up for this tough Champions League encounter, and very soon, the referee will blow the whistle for the match to start.
Apr 10 20:02 PM
1’ — Kick Off
The center referee kicks off the Champions League match with Juventus taking the first pass in this encounter
Apr 10 20:04 PM
3’ — Chance for Juventus
Juventus have tried a couple of big diagonals from right to left already with the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Matuidi, but they were unable to get something out of it.
Apr 10 20:06 PM
4’ — Superb run for Juventus
Juventus go close there as Ronaldo puts his left foot right through a shot on the run from just beyond the defender in which his effort went off the bar.
Apr 10 20:12 PM
5’ — Ajax attack
Good attack there for Ajax as Ziyech tries to find Neres in the box, but it skips through to Szczesny who went down after catching the ball.
Apr 10 20:14 PM
7’ — Chance for Juventus
Ronaldo plays a beautiful one-two and launches himself into a left-footed effort from the right side of the area, but his strike goes just wide and into the side-netting.
Apr 10 20:16 PM
9’ — Ajax are dominating
Ajax have a period of possession with a series of beautiful flicks and tricks, pulling Juventus most especially in the midfield with Frenkie de Jong having a good game
Apr 10 20:20 PM
14’ — Chance for Juventus
Bernardeschi storms into the Ajax box from the left in a rare Juventus attack, but just as he pulls his foot back to shoot, De Ligt swoops in from nowhere and produces a challenge to keep his side from danger
Apr 10 20:22 PM
16’ — Juventus attack
Pjanic does brilliantly to get out of a rapid movement from a couple of Ajax midfielders, and fees Matuidi, but the Frenchman’s long pass looking for Bernardeschi on the right is misdirected
Apr 10 20:23 PM
18’ — Ajax on the run
That was a good hit from long range by Donny van de Beek who forces a save from Wojciech Szczesny and that is a corner kick for Ajax
Apr 10 20:25 PM
19’ — Good shot
Frenkie de Jong plays the corner which meets Dusan Tadic who was unmarked, but his shot was well saved by Juventus goalie.
Apr 10 20:28 PM
22’ — Super chance for Juventus
Juventus would have taken the lead in this match if Mario Mandzukic had made proper use of the pass given to him by Matuidi, but he wasted the chance.
Apr 10 20:31 PM
25’ — Chance for Ajax as Donny Misses
How did he miss that is the question fans are asking themselves as Donny van de Beek has a wonderful chance to score but somehow manages to miss the target.
Apr 10 20:34 PM
28’ — Rodrigo dribbles perfectly
This could be a good chance here as Juventus star Rodrigo Bentancur cuts the opponents defense open with a through ball looking for who to connect with, but his final pass was blocked by Nicolas.
Apr 10 20:37 PM
30’ — Andre Onana with a superb save
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has just saved his side from conceding a goal in this encounter as he denied Ronaldo from scoring.
Apr 10 20:39 PM
32’ — Ronaldo fails to connect
Cristiano Ronaldo fails to connect properly on the volley and sends the ball wide of target.
Apr 10 20:42 PM
37’ — Federico misses great chance
How did he miss that? Federico Bernardeschi has a wonderful chance to score but somehow manages to miss the target as the scoreline is still 0-0
Apr 10 20:46 PM
40’ — Excellent save by Andre Onana
Ajax goalie has once again made a superb save to keep his side from conceding in front of their faithfuls. Ronaldo directs a fine pass to Mario who plays nice shot only for his effort to be saved.
Apr 10 20:50 PM
45’ — Goal for Juventus as Ronaldo scores
Ronaldo gives Juventus the lead as Juventus launch a counter-attack on the left but it’s switched right to Cancelo who skims in a beautiful cross. On the end of it is Ronaldo who strains every one of the muscles in his body to reach the header.
Apr 10 21:05 PM
46’ — Second Half
The referee blows the whistle for the start of the second half between Ajax and Juventus
Apr 10 21:06 PM
46’ — Goal for Ajax
David Neres of Ajax takes the ball forward trying to make something happen for his club, and that is it as he scores for the Dutch side to make it 1-1.
Apr 10 21:09 PM
48’ — Chance for Ajax
Ajax are trying to get another goal now as Van der Beek finds Tagliafico on the left as he drives towards the box and shoots, but it goes just wide and into the side-netting
Apr 10 21:12 PM
51’ — Offside for Ajax
Neres has the ball in the net again, but this time it’s ruled out for offside even though the home fans have started rejoicing.
Apr 10 21:22 PM
53’ — Juventus miss a great chance
Bernardeschi curls a free-kick from the deep on the left behind the Ajax defense which nobody can get on the end as the ball went out for a goal kick.
Apr 10 21:24 PM
60’ — Change for Juventus
Mandzukic who has not been impressive so far in this game is leaving the pitch and he is replaced by Douglas Costa.
Apr 10 21:27 PM
65’ — Ziyench misses a chance to score
Powerful shot there from Ziyech, but this one is well-blocked by Alex Sandro as Ajax are now trying hard to get the winner against Juventus
Apr 10 21:30 PM
68’ — David Neres delivers a good pass
Ajax star David Neres makes a good pass into the box, but his team mates fail to take advantage of the space as Juventus try to make a counter attack.
Apr 10 21:32 PM
70’ — Chance for Ajax
This could be a good chance here as Dusan Tadic from Ajax cuts the opponents defense open with a through ball looking for who to connect with in this area, but he was stopped by Cancelo.
Apr 10 21:35 PM
72’ — Offside for Ajax
Ziyech delivers a pass for Tadic who does well to control and lift a pass over the defensive line to the onrushing Van der Beek who misses the effort but was offside
Apr 10 21:37 PM
73’ — Matuidi down on the ground injured
Juventus star Matuidi is down on the pitch with injury which requires attention and Dybala is preparing to come on.
Apr 10 21:40 PM
75’ — Ajax attack again
Ajax are trying all their best to make sure they get the winning goal in this game, but Juventus defenders have been superb blocking all the crosses.
Apr 10 21:43 PM
78’ — Free Kick for Ajax
Ziyech pops up in the right-back position, wins the ball, plays a neat exchange with Donny and gets a free-kick for Ajax
Apr 10 21:45 PM
80’ — Great chance for Ajax
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp has a great chance to score, but his effort is parried by Juventus goalie Szczesny
Apr 10 21:46 PM
84’ — Ronaldo makes a cross
Cristiano Ronaldo delivers a good cross into Ajax 18 yard box with the thought that one of his teammates would make use of the ball, but it was a good catch for Andre Onana
Apr 10 21:49 PM
89’ — Offside for Ajax
Van der Beek slips a pass through to Neres who lays back to Tagliafico, but his run was stopped by the referee who blows for an offside
Apr 10 21:51 PM
90’ — Added time
Ajax are still attacking in this game trying to see if they can get the winner against Juventus before the final whistle
Apr 10 21:53 PM
90’ — The referee blows the final whistle
And that is it as the center referee blows the final whistle for this match between Ajax and Juventus which ended 1-1.