Juventus v Ajax: Matthijs de Ligt revels in Champions League run

Arnold Nichols
April 18, 2019

Shares of Juventus Football Club S.p.A. plummeted as much as 24 per cent Wednesday, the most since the stock started trading in December 2001, after the Italian team was knocked out of Europe's elite club competition by the Dutch outsiders.

Ajax produced a stunning turnaround to reach their first UEFA Champions League semi-final since 1996/97.

Aveiro also congratulated Ajax, who pulled off their first-ever away victory over Juventus after 12 attempts.

Juventus have put their bid to wrap up an eighth consecutive Serie A title on the back burner as they focus on their European ambitions.

Their star players were gradually picked off by the era's biggest clubs, but they still managed to return to the final the following year and the semi-finals the season after.

"Can we can go on to win the competition?"


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. But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found its breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner. To be honest, we were the better team in the first half too.

"Football can be brutal, we conceded an unlucky goal and after that, we became afraid and we were stretched in the second half", he said. The Eredivisie may not be the Premier League but Tadic, in fairness to him, has scored six and set up another three in the Champions League, with four of his goals coming against Bayern Munich, Real and Benfica. "We don't know what we can achieve but we are never satisfied". The club have already shown they are willing to spend heavily for a top player who will improve the first team.

Ajax will face either Tottenham or Manchester City in the final four and Ten Hag added: "Pep Guardiola has a pretty similar philosophy to mine".

Yet their hopes were soon extinguished when Young was caught in possession on the left wing and Messi seized the ball, scurrying across the pitch and holding off more United defenders before bending a superb shot past the outstretched De Gea.

On the other hand, United are relying on the likes of Ashley Young - a 33-year-old converted winger - to mark Lionel Messi - the best footballer in the world - and it cost us a place in the semi-finals.

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