Juventus vs Ajax - Preview, Live Match | 16 April 2019

Paola Ditto
Апреля 17, 2019

In an age of ever-increasing European dominance by the heavyweight clubs in Europe's five major leagues, Ajax - who were 250-1 outsiders at the start of the competition - are striking a blow for the forgotten nations by defying some of the favourites.

Notably, they had beaten title holders Real Madrid in the pre-quarters.

Having sought to take the initiative throughout the opening 45 minutes the Dutch side caught a break when Donny van de Beek received the ball in blissful solitude inside the area.

While he did deliver some magical performance for Turin-based club, he could not steer them to the semis of Champions League.

Juventus spent a reported 105 million euros (NZ$180 million) to entice Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

David Neres fluffed a golden chance to put the tie beyond doubt and the influential Ziyech had a stunner disallowed for offside as Ajax continued to dominate, with Juve's late appeals for handball against Daley Blind going unheard as the Serie A champions were sensationally knocked out on home turf.

Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Juventus' old guard as they look to finish the job on Tuesday against Ajax's impressive young guns in a quarter-final clash between two sides desperate to end years of Champions League heartbreak.

Team News Time! First up Juve! I would not say that this is our worst elimination.

Twenty years ago at Barcelona's stadium, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed one of the most memorable comebacks in football history when he scored the English team's second injury-time goal to stun Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt and teammates celebrate in front of their fans at Juventus Stadium. In an interview before Christmas he revealed that scouting reports were provided for both the defender and his Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong who will play for Barcelona next season after signing a €75million deal in January.

Four-time winners Ajax won their third consecutive title in 1973 at the expense of Juventus, last lifting the trophy in 1995.

"Ajax clearly deserved the victory, especially in the second half", Allegri said at his post-match press conference. They faced an uphill battle once Ronaldo opened the score but Ajax refused to change or give up.

"I always say that in order to win the Champions League you need to be at peak form when it counts".

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