Ajax Draw Juve In First Leg Of Champions League Quarter-Final

Cristiano Ronaldo Giorgio Chiellini Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo Giorgio Chiellini Juventus

A flying header from Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo sends the ball goalwards.

Ajax knocked out Real Madrid to reach this stage, and showed again why they are fast becoming a real force in European football. The Dutch side have not beaten the Italians in the competition since winning the 1973 European Cup final in Belgrade (1-0). De Jong is already slated to join Barcelona next season, while 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt is considered one of the top young defenders in Europe.

On 18 minutes, Wojciech Szczesny came good for the Old Lady with a thumping save from Hakim Ziyech's curler inside the box as the home side looked to up the tempo.

Instead of licking their wounds after the sucker-punch at the end of the first-half, Ajax wasted little time in responding.

However, with Napoli going through to the next round, Ajax had the chance to reclaim 11th spot for Netherlands if they achieved at least a draw in either leg against Juventus.

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However, David Neres curled home for the hosts at the beginning of the second period to leave the quarterfinal tie delicately poised at 1-1.

The first-leg fixture, as mentioned above will take place at the iconic Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on April 10th, with Ajax set to travel to Turin for the return leg scheduled for 16th April.

Neres robbed Cancelo by the left touchline just inside the Juventus half and advanced before curling a shot beyond Szczesny and into the far corner.

Juventus completed a drastic comeback in their previous Champions League match as they eliminated Atletico Madrid and that win will ensure that the team enters this match filled with confidence.

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