Feb 18, 2020
Apr 17, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Informer : Wegen
Ajax\'s sensational Champions League run continued as teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt\'s goal eliminated Juventus and secured their place in the semi-finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the tournament, headed the hosts in front from a first-half corner.
But Ajax battled level as Donny van de Beek controlled Hakim Ziyech\'s shot and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny.
Ziyech went close after the break before De Ligt, up from the back, scored a decisive, powerful header.
The away-goals rule left Juventus needing two in the remaining 23 minutes, but it could have been even more comfortable for the visitors in the closing stages with David Neres shooting wide and Ziyech flagged offside after whipping a smart shot into the top corner.
Ronaldo, who picked up a late yellow card for a frustrated lunge at Joel Veltmans, stalked off the pitch at the final whistle, having been knocked out of the competition for the first time since Juventus beat his previous club Real Madrid in May 2015.
Meanwhile, as they did after their sensational away win over Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax\'s youthful side bounced in front of their raucous band of supporters and home fans streamed out the exits.
Ajax will face the winner of Manchester City and Tottenham\'s quarter-final, which Spurs lead 1-0 before Wednesday\'s second leg at Etihad Stadium.
Victory marks Ajax\'s return to the last four of Europe\'s premier competition for the first time since a team containing Daley Blind\'s father Danny, Marc Overmars and Ronald de Boer were beaten in the 1997 semi-finals - by Juventus.
Without an automatic group-stage place for the Eredivisie, the current side started their Champions League campaign as 250-1 outsiders in July\'s qualifying rounds.
However, their attacking exuberance and unwavering belief in their ability to match the continent\'s best was summed up by De Ligt.
The 19-year-old captain was found wanting for Ronaldo\'s opener, unable to track the Portuguese\'s run through a packed penalty area and leaving him free for the 98th headed goal of his career.
However, after regaining his defensive composure, De Ligt completed his redemption from Ajax\'s own set-piece, planting a downward header past a rooted Szczesny.
This season will be this Ajax side\'s only shot at regaining the trophy they last won in 1995.
Manager Erik ten Hag has admitted De Ligt will leave at the end of the season, while team-mate Frenkie de Jong, 21, has already agreed a summer move to Barcelona. Dangerous wide attacker David Neres, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
1. Ajax have qualified for the semi-finals of the European Cup/Champions League for the ninth time in their history, and the first since the 1996-97 season.
2. Ajax are the first team from outside the traditional top five European leagues to reach the Champions League semi-final since 2004-05, when fellow Dutch side PSV Eindhoven did so.
3. Juventus have lost two home games in a single European Cup/Champions League campaign for the first time in their history (1-2 v both Manchester United and Ajax).
4. Ajax have scored 155 goals this season across all competitions, their joint-most in a single season in club history (also 155 in 2009-10).
5. This was Ajax\'s third consecutive away win in the Champions League; their longest such streak since between November 1995 and March 1997 (seven wins).
6. Juventus\' Cristiano Ronaldo has netted nine goals against Ajax in the Champions League - only against his current club Juventus (10) has he scored more against a single opponent in the competition.
7. Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is the youngest Dutch player to score in a Champions League knockout match (19 years 246 days) since Nordin Wooter in April 1996 for Ajax versus Panathinaikos (19 years 237 days).
Apr 17, 2019 at 01:46 PM
Informer : Wegen
Lionel Messi inspired Barca to a 3-0 win in Tuesday\'s second leg at the Nou Camp, sealing a 4-0 aggregate victory.
"If we want to get back to Manchester United\'s true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona," said Solskjaer.
"They were a couple of levels above over the two games."
Messi scored two goals in four first-half minutes, with Philippe Coutinho adding a stunning long-range third in the 61st minute.
United struggled to contain their opponents and had just three shots on target over the two legs.
Speaking to BT Sport, Solskjaer added: "Lionel Messi is top quality and he was the difference, of course. At 2-0 straight after, it was game over. Messi showed his quality."
Solskjaer\'s side face a battle to qualify for next season\'s Champions League in their remaining five Premier League games.
They are sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and travel to Everton on Sunday before hosting title-chasing Manchester City on Wednesday, 24 April.
"We want to play these games again next year, so we have a massive week coming up," Solskjaer added.
"There is no point dwelling on what could have been. We have to focus on that week."
United have not reached the last four of the Champions League since 2011 and were competing in the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.
Solskjaer said he knows there is "work to be done".
"We have said all along that this isn\'t going to change tonight. The next few years will be massive for us to get to the level of Barcelona," Solskjaer said.
"We have got good players and, at the moment, we really have done well to get to the quarters and to get in the challenge for the top four.
"We have got a rebuilding job but that starts with the coaches and the players and one or two additions to the squad will happen in the summer."
Barcelona had lost three Champions League quarter-finals in a row, including their dramatic collapse against Roma last year, but are now into the semi-finals for the first time since they won the competition in 2015.
Captain Messi said they have "shown who we are" with the performance.
"We put on a spectacle and played a great game," the Argentine said.
"But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. It was a bit weird until we regained control of the game and we scored the first goal.
"We cannot come out like that in a Champions League match because we have the experience of Rome last season and it could [have] made qualifying difficult.
"Five bad minutes can knock you out."
Mar 13, 2019 at 01:13 PM
Informer : Wegen Fantu
(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was under no illusions when he signed for Juventus last July.
One of the greatest players of his generation, a five-time Champions League winner, the competition\'s all-time record goalscorer, Ronaldo\'s brief was clear: Bring the European crown back to Turin.
On Tuesday night, he accepted the challenge in a way only he could, dragging his side back from the brink and firing it into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Trailing 2-0 from the the first leg in Madrid, Ronaldo led his side to victory by scoring all three goals in a 3-0 win against Atletico in Turin, including a dramatic 86th-minute penalty.
It was the first time Juventus had come back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg, prompting Ronaldo to tell Sky Italia: "Maybe that\'s why Juventus signed me. To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we\'re strong and we showed it."
Atletico must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo pushing for the future -- he\'s now scored a remarkable 25 goals in 33 games against the Spanish side.
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