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Champions League: How Ajax Were Lucky To Stun Ronaldo And Juventus



Cristiano Ronaldo

The wait for a Champions League title continues for Italian Serie A champions after they were stunned by a more youthful Ajax Amsterdam team.

Despite having five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, Juventus failed to overcome the Dutch Eredivisie club in their Champions League tie as expected.

Ajax came from a goal down to beat Juventus in front of their fans and secure a semifinal berth in the Champions League for the first time in over a decade.

Both sides had played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie in Amsterdam last week Wednesday and Italian giants Juventus were expected to secure their spot in the last four after their home leg but Ajax had other ideas.

Ajax had beaten holders Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate in their last 16 tie to seal a quarterfinal meeting with former Manchester United player Ronaldo and his Juventus side.

Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead on 28 minutes after checks were made with VAR.

Donny Van Der Beek equalised for the visitors six minutes later via VAR as Ajax deservedly went into the break on level terms.

After the halftime interval, Ajax were the better side and the Dutch giants were rewarded for their endeavour with a Matthijs De Ligt header midway into the second half.

The De Ligt strike gave Ajax the semifinal berth with a 2-1 victory on the night and a 3-2 aggregate win over favourites Juventus.


Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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