Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Fearless youth of Ajax send Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus out

Fearless youth of Ajax send Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus out

In the semi-final, Ajax will meet either the Abu Dhabi-backed millionaires of Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur - admittedly not in the same financial league as City, but still with access to the huge Premier League money pot.

The second came just four minutes later, although Messi was helped by a massive error by David de Gea.

He added: "He has attractive and majestic ball-playing ability".

Manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted his future remains in Turin after Juventus failed to make the last four of the Champions League for the second successive season.

Confirming that he has no plans to leave after the loss to Ajax, Allegri told reporters: "If I were not motivated, I would have already told the president that I'm leaving next year".

Philippe Coutinho (centre) scored Barcelona's third in front of their home fans at the Camp Nou. In total, he has 45 goals in 42 games through all competitions. We are in the semi finals, we have a chance but we are not favourites. Juventus have always the same objective: Winning everything.

"It's an incredible evening for Ajax and its players and also for Dutch football", said coach Erik ten Hag.

Goals from Donny van de Beek and captain Matthijs De Ligt cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener and gave Ajax a 3-2 aggregate victory against the Serie A champions. The same source added that "as was the case with Frenkie de Jong, Ajax will warn [Barca] if any other clubs make a serious move for [De Ligt]".

Ajax won 3-2 on aggregate against the Italian champions in Turin.

Ajax are now up in the clouds after pulling off another shock by eliminating Juventus from the Champions League, following their 2-1 victory at the Allianz Stadium. The stock soared 17 per cent on March 13 after a Ronaldo hat trick turned around a two-goal deficit against Spain's Atletico Madrid to secure a quarter-final place.

There must have been an odd moment of realisation for Cristiano Ronaldo either sometime last night or possibly when he woke up this morning of not being in the Champions League semi final.

The unmarked Ronaldo met Miralem Pjanic's corner with a trademark thunderous header as Ajax complained of a foul on Joel Veltman.

Hakim Ziyech's long-range shot hit a defender and fell perfectly for Van de Beek who, unmarked and onside, slotted the ball calmly past Wojciech Szczesny, and then had to wait for another long VAR check before the goal was confirmed.

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