Juventus next up for rising Ajax

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2019

Juventus - finalists in 2015 and 2017 - got the away goal they'd hoped for and it was the Portugal worldwide again leading the way.

Ajax and Juventus both overcame first-leg deficits in the Champions League Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinal.

According to Mourinho, the Champions League clash between the two sides is going to be youth against experience.

Now the rising Dutch club has its sights set on eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.

The 34-year-old is aiming to win the trophy for the fourth year running, while Ajax are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time since 2003.

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Ajax knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League in the last round. The Dutch side have not beaten the Italians in the competition since winning the 1973 European Cup final in Belgrade (1-0).

Frenkie de Jong is leaving for Barcelona, and the 21-year-old's eagerness to get on the ball and start moves here underlined why the Catalans were prepared to pay an initial 75 million euros ($84.5 million) in January to secure his signature.

Instead of licking their wounds after the sucker-punch at the end of the first-half, Ajax wasted little time in responding. Ajax level right from the off. David Neres seizes upon an error by Cancelo, races towards the left of the area and curves a wonderful shot into the far corner.

Ronaldo has made scored 19 goals in 26 league matches for the Serie A leaders while also adding four goals in seven Champions League appearances for the club.

The teams will now meet again for the return leg in Turin on April 16, with the victor set for a last four clash with either Tottenham or Manchester City.

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