Champions League quarter-final: Ajax and Juventus draw 1-1 in the first legApril 10, 2019
Champions League quarter-final: Ajax and Juventus draw 1-1 in the first leg
Champions League quarter-final…Cristiano Ronaldo denoted his arrival from damage with a valuable away objective as Juventus drew 1-1 with a magnificent Ajax in the principal leg of their Champions League quarter-last in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Ronaldo quelled the 50,000 home fans in the Johan Cruyff Arena when he headed Juventus in front on the stroke of half-time to take his record objective count in the challenge to 125.
Brazilian winger David Neres invoked a staggering equalizer very quickly after half-time to give Ajax a draw that was the extremely least they merited.
Be that as it may, it is Juventus — for whom substitute Douglas Costa struck a post late on — who hold the high ground heading into next Tuesday’s arrival in Turin, with the victors of this tie confronting Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.
Ronaldo was back for his first appearance since languishing thigh damage playing over Portugal a month ago — it was his first amusement for Juventus since mesh the cap trap that dumped out Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
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The 34-year-old is intending to win the trophy for the fourth year running, while Ajax is showing up at this phase of the challenge out of the blue since 2003.
They had set up this tie by closure Real Madrid’s European authority in the past round after an exciting 4-1 triumph in Spain.
Erik ten Hag’s splendid youthful side is probably going to be separated toward the finish of this crusade, so this might be the Amsterdam club’s most obvious opportunity in quite a while to win a fifth European Cup.
– De Jong propels the game –
Frenkie de Jong is leaving for Barcelona, and the 21-year-old’s enthusiasm to kick it into high gear on the ball and begin moves here underlined why the Catalans were set up to pay an underlying 75 million euros ($84.5 million) in January to verify his mark.
In any case, it was the Moroccan universal, Hakim Ziyech, who was the most conspicuous going ahead in the principal half — one twisting exertion in the eighteenth moment was setting out toward the top corner before being tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny.
Ajax positively ought to have scored in the 25th moment when Dusan Tadic set up Donny van de Beek inside the box, yet his shot went distressingly wide.
Juventus just showed their assaulting risk in patches, with Federico Bernardeschi vivacious and Ronaldo snaring one possibility wide.
The last had been kept to a great extent calm, yet he was managed an excess of existence by the Ajax protection as he opened the scoring with the last demonstration of the primary half.
Ronaldo gathered ago from the rich Rodrigo Bentancur, spread the play to Joao Cancelo and afterward ran unhindered in a straight line into the box to head home his countryman’s impeccably flighted cross.
Andre Onana got a touch, yet couldn’t prevent Ronaldo his 25th from securing the season — he has now scored six Champions League objectives at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the same number of as ex-Ajax star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Ajax fans welcomed their group’s arrival for the second half with a version of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, and they were all the while belting out the words to their received song when they adjusted inside a moment of the restart.
Neres looted Cancelo by the left touchline simply inside the Juventus half and progressed before twisting a shot past Szczesny and into the far corner.
Nonetheless, in spite of applied weight from that point forward, Ajax couldn’t get a victor, and Costa almost conveyed a late sucker punch when he struck the woodwork.
Having returned from losing 2-1 at home to Madrid in the main leg of the last 16, Ajax will make a beeline for Turin brimming with expectation, albeit left-back Nicolas Tagliafico will be suspended for the arrival in the wake of being reserved here.