Cristiano Ronaldo aiming for ninth consecutive Champions League semi-final

Kanu: Ajax can beat Juventus at...

Kanu: Ajax can beat Juventus at...

Matthijs de Ligt grabbed the victor as Ajax stunned Juventus to triumph 2-1 in the Allianz Stadium and book a place in the Champions League semi finals for the first time since 1997.

Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek levelled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the victor in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juve the lead just before halftime, while David Neres notched Ajax's goal on the other side of the break.

Despite grabbing his 126th Champions League goal at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, Ronaldo was helpless against a determined Ajax Amsterdam side that produced a fine second-half performance to run out 2-1 victors on the night and 3-2 winners on aggregate.

After four-time European champions Ajax advanced to the semi-finals for the first time since 1997, head coach Ten Hag told reporters: "I think it was an incredible night for Ajax, the players and all of Dutch football".

Juventus suffer a second successive quarter-final defeat while Ajax have bucked a trend in their history.

Ajax's defence took a hit when Noussair Mazraoui, who had replaced the suspended Nicolas Tagliafico, limped off on 11 minutes with an ankle injury, with Daley Sinkgraven coming on.

His goal makes it advantage Juve for the 2nd leg but with Ajax knowing they have to come here and score, it should be a cracking match.

Leonardo Bonucci's arm to the face of a stumbling Joel Veltman went unpunished despite a VAR review, meaning Ronaldo's thumping header from Miralem Pjanic's corner was allowed to stand.

Szczesny made one-handed save from Ziyech after Juventus were opened up again and then turned Van de Beek's curling shot over for a corner. 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.

The 2-1 victory in Turin was sealed by the defender, sending them through to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

Ziyech looked as if he had fired a third past Szczesny, but his goal was ruled offside after a VAR check. Juventus have always the same objective: winning everything.

"Being able to beat Real Madrid was a remarkable achievement and hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to have another memorable match", he warned. "He's disappointed like all of us", said Allegri.

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