A young, fearless Ajax side first conquered Real Madrid in their backyard to advance to the quarterfinals, and now the same Ajax side walked into Turin and walked out with a stunning win over Juventus, advancing to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League 2-1 (3-2). Going into the match with the scores level at 1-1, Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the tournament, headed the hosts to an early lead in the first half. However, with Ajax making their presence known, Donny van de Beek slotted a shot in past Wojciech Szczesny to level scores once again.
With game going back and forth at a pacey second half, De Ligt found the back of the net through a header, which turned out to be the decisive goal for the visitors.
Ajax managed to hold on to their lead, sending them to the semifinals of the Champions League, where they will face the winner between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Ronaldo could not save his side this time after his brilliant hat-trick led Juventus to victory over Atletico Madrid in a brilliant comeback game. However, this will be the first time Ronaldo will be absent from the tournament since 2010.
The Portuguese received a yellow card for lunging into to tackle Joel Veltsman before injury time.
Ajax had last won a UCL back in 1995 and this young side have the players to leave any football giant flabbergasted.
The Serie A leaders were left gobsmacked once conceding the second goal against them, which saw a couple of ‘schoolboy errors’ cost the Bianconeri a shot at the title.
In the other match, FC Barcelona eased past a hapless Manchester United with Lionel Messi’s brace and Philippe Coutinho’s ‘ worldie’ saw the Blaugrana’s break their quarters jinx. Barca advanced to the semis stage by an aggregate 4-0. They will face the winner between FC Porto and Liverpool.