Ajax vs Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo scores vital away goal for Bianconeri as Neres nets equaliser

Ajax vs Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo scores vital away goal for Bianconeri as Neres nets equaliser

- Ajax vs Juventus saw Cristiano Ronaldo and David Neres scored in both half as the match ended 1-1 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA

- Ajax defeated hilders Real Madrid in the last 16 with a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu

- Juventus will host the reverse fixture on Tuesday, April 16, at Allianz Arena.in Turin

Ajax and Juventus battled to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League quarter-final clash in the first leg clash on Wednesday, April 10, at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Cristiano Ronaldo net an important away goal for Juventus on his return from injury during quarter-final showdown.

The encounter saw the Italian champions make four changes in their starting XI as Ronaldo and the trio of Joao Cancelo, Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi returned to the squad after missing AC Milan tie.

The home-side held possession in the early moments of the game, and came close to scoring in the 18th minute through Hakim Ziyech, but his strike heading for the top corner was parried to safety by Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Juventus.

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In the 30th minute, the Bianconeri Ronaldo’s first-time volley almost handed Juve the opener, but the effort failed to connect.

However, on the dot of 45 minutes Ronaldo nodded home a decent cross in the area from Cancelo, to see the Italian champions go into the break with a goal lead.

Moments after the commencement of the second half, David Neres was in a different class as he netted the equalizer with a left-footed shot into the corner, giving Szczesny no opportunity to make a save.

In the 60th minute, Douglas Costa replaced Mario Mandzukic, with Ronaldo moving to the central striker’s role for the remaining minutes of the contest.

But with 15 minutes left on the clock, Matuidi suffered an injury and was substituted, by Paulo Dybala.

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And with minutes to go, Costa came close to netting the winner after a break into the penalty box, but his low strike could only hit the far post before the referee’s final whistle sounded.

The reverse fixture will hold in Turin on Tuesday, April 16, at Allianz Arena.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play a role for Juventus in Wednesday’s Champions League cracker against Ajax after recovering from a thigh injury while in action for Portugal.

According to the Daily Mail, Ronaldo was among Juventus stars landed in Amsterdam Tuesday, April 9, ahead of the Champions League quarter-final showdown, at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Initially, they were fears the five-time Ballon D'or winner will not recover in time, but after regaining his fitness’, his inclusion has come as a huge boost to other squad members ahead of the first-leg tie.

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