UEFA Champions League match report Ajax Amsterdam v Juventus 10 April 2019

Florence Fletcher
April 11, 2019

Ajax and Juventus head to Italy all-square after an entertaining quarter-final first leg at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Juve hit the upright in the closing stages through substitute Douglas Costa although Ajax could have had the last say as Dusan Tadic missed a good chance in stoppage time.

Juventus is led by Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 19 goals and provided 8 assists in 26 league appearances for the club.

Straight from kick-off after the break, David Neres worked his way down the left and caused havoc in the Juventus rearguard before cutting inside and bending a shot into the right corner of the net.

The Argentine scored thrice in the Champions League for Ajax this season and was impressive against Juventus in the first leg.

Allegri also praised Ronaldo, who had missed the previous four games with a thigh problem picked up on global duty. Four-time winners Ajax last got their hands on the trophy in 1995 and made the final the following year only to be defeated on penalties by...

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Juve manager Massimilio Allegri also paid tribute to Ten Hag's young team, who had lost each of their last six European Cup games against the Turin side. In this one, he assisted Ronaldo's goal.

The vast majority of the pressure was coming from Ajax, though, as they continued to demonstrate that their upset of Real was just as much about their excellence as the difficulties of their opponents.

In between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final battle, Juventus will face SPAL in Serie A play with a chance to wrap up the league title.

Ziyech then forced Wojciech Szczesny into a smart save to keep out his curling effort from 15 yards, while an unmarked Van de Beek inexplicably whipped wide from the same distance after 25 minutes. They pressed, they fought, and they got their goal.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag makes one change to his team compared to the starting line-up in their 4-1 win away to holders Real Madrid in the last 16, second leg.

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