Juventus vs Ajax: Ronaldo’s goal not enough as Dutch giants reach UCL semi-final

Juventus vs Ajax: Ronaldo’s goal not enough as Dutch giants reach UCL semi-final

- Juventus vs Ajax saw the Dutch giants knock Juventus out of the Champions League at the quarter-final round

- Cristiano Ronaldo headed in from a corner inside the first half-an-hour to hand Juventus a good start, but Ajax Donny van de Beek equalized in the 34 minute

- Matthijs de Ligt netted the heart-breaker for Ajax with a header and will now wait for the winner between Man City and Tottenham in the semi-final

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was not enough as Juventus suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday, April 16, in the reverse fixture of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The encounter at Allianz Stadium saw Ajax come from behind to beat Juventus on the night and progress to the semifinals on a 3-2 aggregate win.

Ajax made an early substitution, with Daley Sinkgraven replacing Nossair Mazraoui in the 6th minute after the later suffered a knock.

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As the half progressed, Juventus were not finding it easy to break down the Dutch side, who showed class with the fluidity of their passing game.

However, it was Ronaldo again that netted the game’ opener in the 29th minute, to put Juventus into the lead after a decent assist from Miralem Pjanic.

In the 34th minute Ajax levelled scores after Donny van de Beek beat Juventus defence offside trap.

Moise Kean replaced Paulo Dybala as Juventus embark on quest to score the second goal.

Juventus had a penalty appeal after Emre Can went down in the vital area, after a tackle from an Ajax player, but the referee ignored making the call

Ajax came close to netting the winner twice in the 57th minute but Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny was spot on to make a save.

And moment later Juve defence denied the visitor another chance to go into the lead.

But in the 67th minute after Matthijs de Light nodded in Ajax second off a corner-kick from Lasse Schone to further peg Juventus behind.

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Indeed, it was the deciding moment of the game as Juventus needed to scores two more goals without conceding again, if they must progress to the semis.

Despite late chances Ajax held on to claim a precious 3 – 2 aggregate win after the two-legged affair.

The result sees Ajax progress to the semi-final round of the Champions League at the expense of Ronaldo's Juventus.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 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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