Competition
  • Amistosos
  • first half
  • 15'
  • 30'
  • second half
  • 60'
  • 75'
  • 90'
Juventus

27' Cristiano

45' Out Paulo Dybala in Kean

63' Out Mattia De Sciglio in Cancelo

68' Emre Can

79' Out Federico Bernardeschi in Rodrigo Bentancur

92' Cristiano

Ajax

10' Out Noussair Mazraoui in Daley Sinkgraven

33' Donny van de Beek

66' Matthijs de Ligt

81' Out Daley Sinkgraven in Lisandro Magallán

87' Out Hakim Ziyech in Huntelaar

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Sublime Ajax knock Ronaldo and Juve out of Champions League

Sublime Ajax knock Ronaldo and Juve out of Champions League

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

AFP

Ajax have beaten Juventus in Turin to book their place in the semi-finals after goals by Van der Beek and De Light cancelled out the home side's initial lead through Ronaldo.

Ajax are through to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 after they stunned Juventus in Turin to beat the home side 2-1.

Following an uneventful opening 20 minutes, the game began to open up with Juventus taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 27th minute – the ex-Real Madrid star latching onto the end of a corner with his head to drive the ball past Onana from 12 yards out.

But as was the case last week in Amsterdam, it did not take Ajax long to respond with a goal of their own in the 33rd minute, when a shot from outside the box rebounded into the path of Donny Van der Beek. The 21-year-old was unmarked and inside the box as he coolly side-footed a shot past an outstretched Szczesny and into the bottom right corner.

The second half began with Ajax really taking the game to the hosts and it continued that way as the visitors made several chances in those first 20 minutes after the break. After having played some sublime football, the immense pressure they had exerted on a rattled Juventus finally paid off when 19-year-old captain De Ligt scored with his head from a corner in the 66th minute. The visitors could have easily been 3-1 up less than 10 minutes later, had an unmarked Neres done better with a close-range effort inside the right-hand side of the box.

Just five minutes after the Neres chance, Ajax had the ball in the back of the net again, this time through Ziyech. But the Moroccan midfielder was rightfully deemed offside, after having rocketed a shot into the right corner from inside the box.

Meanwhile, with the score at 2-3 on aggregate and Ajax with two valuable away goals, Juventus needed to score two goals to win the overall tie, but could hardly muster up a decent chance in the final half an hour against their clearly dominant opponents.

After having invested 341 million euros (total including wages and transfer fees) in Cristiano Ronaldo with the hopes of securing Champions League glory, the Old Lady see themselves knocked out at the last-eight stage by an impressive Ajax side, who have shown themselves more than capable of bringing down big opposition in this year’s competition.

With the scalps of Real Madrid and Juventus now sitting in the pouch, Ten Hag's young side will not be taken lightly by their semi-final opponents, whoever they may be.

Juventus vs Ajax: live updates

94' Peep, peep peep! It's over. Ajax have beaten Juventus after a phemomenal second-half performance. They're through to the semi-finals for the first time since 1997. 

89'   The referee is consulting VAR for a penalty for Juve, a possible hand ball by Daley Blind. But VAR has not given it. 

87'   Ajax were 5-1 to win tonight. Had the bookmakers not learned anything from their scalp-taking at the Bernabéu last month? They have never won here before, but they have looked like nothing but winners here tonight. Juve need a Ronaldo miracle now. 

82' Sinkgraven, who came on for the injured Mazraoui after six minutes, makes way for Magallan. If Ajax can manage not to concede two goals in the next seven minutes plus stoppage time, they're through to their first semi-final since 1997. 

80'   Ziyech has scored, curling a beauty in the top right corner, but the ref blows straight away for offside. What a goal that would have been! 

79'   Ronaldo v De Ligt in the air. De Ligt wins that battle by a country mile, while Ronaldo desperately appeals for a penalty. 

77'   Ronaldo chests down a high ball and shoots with his left from just outside the box. But the shot is blocked and it's out for a corner. The home side do nothing with the set-piece opportunity. 

74'   Another chance Ajax! After some shoddy defending from Juve. Ziyech lobs a ball towards Neres on the right inside the box, but the Brazilian hits it wide. He could and should have made it three!

72' Juventus have never lost to Ajax at home in 11 games. 

70'   Schone takes the free kick. It's a decent effort, but it sails wide of Szczesny's right post. 

69' Can is booked for a foul on Ziyech. Ajax now have a chance with a direct free kick from 25 yards out. 

67'   The immense pressure Ajax have put on Juve has finally paid off. De Ligt gets his head on the end of a corner and drives it passed Szczesny. Juve now need two!

65' GOAL AJAX!!!! 

63'   Ajax break again! Tadic, in pleny of space, is released down the right. He tries to square the ball inside the box to the unmarked Ziyech But Pjanic sticks out a leg to stop the ball in its path. Had he not, Ziyech would have slotted the ball in with ease.  

61'   Ajax have been fantastic in these opening 15 minutes. But now Juve have a real chance. Ronaldo beats one and plays a ball through for Kean, who hits a rocket that drifts wide of the right post.  

58'   Ajax are absolutely bossing this! De Jong muscles the ball back in Juve's half, teeing up Van der Beek, who almost curls the ball into the top left corner from distance. The home crowd are not enjoying this display at the moment. 

55'   Ronaldo get his head on the end of a corner swung in from the left. But the Portuguese doesn't make good contact and it's out for a goal kick. 

51'   Ajax are in again! The Dutch side work the ball up the pitch quickly on the break, eventually pushing it right to Ziyech. But the midfielder's low-shot from the right side of the box is saved. Great start to this second half by the visitors. 

50'   Some incredible tiki-taka-like play from Ajax. The moves ends with Tadic playing a beautiful back-heel pass to tee up Van der Beek, but his shot is blocked an out for a corner. 

46'   Ajax get the second half underway. Dybala has seemingly not come back out due to an injury he picked up at the end of the first half. Kean, his replacement, has the best minutes-per-goal rate of any player in Europe's top five leagues to have played at least 100 minutes this season.

Kean on. Dybala off for this second half 

As this game stands, we're heading to extra time. The last time these two were level at 1-1 at the end of the knock-out game, back in the final of 1996, Juve went on to win on penalties. 

51'   Peep, peep! And that's the end of the first half. 

50'   Ronaldo hits the free kick....but he's hit straight against the wall. Ajax can breathe. 

49'   Juve have a free kick in a dangerous area here. 

48'   Ronaldo is fouled again. "One, two, three.." he signals to the referee, wondering how many more of those challenges will go unpunished.  

46' Bonucci has put the ball out as his team mate Dybala looks in some discomfort. For now, he's playing on.

39'   Juve fans are screaming for a penalty for a challenge on Can. But the replay shows he was outside the box when the sliding tackle comes in. The ref makes the right call to not even signal for a free-kick. It was a fair challenge. 

34' Van der Beek does well to react quickly, latching onto a deflected shot and side-footing the ball passed Szczesny into the right corner, from 12 yards out. 

34' Goal Ajax!!! 

33'   Ronaldo again! He launches a long-range strike from the right. But it sails over. 

The ref has consulted VAR in relation to a push on Veltman in the buildup to the goal. But it seems he was pushed over by his team mate De Ligt, and the goal stands.  

28'   GOAL JUVE!!! Who else...but Ronaldo!! The Portuguese gets on the end of corner, and rifles a header passed Onana from 12 yards out. 

28'   Bernadeschi earns Juve a corner. 

26'   Some nice link-up play from Ajax, until Neres runs into a brick wall, which brings it to an end. Seconds later Veltman has a chance to swing one in from the left. But his delivery is well overcooked. 

23'   Dybala hits a stunning volley from 25 yards out. It was swerving into the corner but Onana does well to stretch and stop it. The game is starting to open up a bit now.  

21'   What a chance for Ajax! Neres somehow manages to barge his way into the six-yard area. His shot is blocked... Van der Beek latches onto the loose ball but he scoops it over the bar from point blank range. 

18'   First real chance for Juve: Bernardeschi finds some space and tries to slot a pass through to Ronaldo in the box, but it's a poor ball by the Italian. Good chance Ronaldo would have done some damage there had he been given a better pass. 

16'   After quarter of an hour, nothing much to report here. Neither team has managed to really threaten the opposition's goal yet. 

14' Now Juve have a chance to put free kick into the box. Again it's a poor delivery and nothing comes of it. 

13' Can fouls Schone and Ajax have a chance to put one into the box. But the cross is poor, and lands in the hands of Szczesny. 

11' Mazraoui off. Sinkgraven comes on. 

10' Mazraoui is down again for the seond time in three minutes. It looks like he can't continue. 

5'   Emre Can chases down a back pass to Onana, and manages to block his kick out. The ball ricochets out for a goal kick.  

4'   Ronaldo plays it wide into the path of De Sciglio, darting down the right. The full back has a go from distance but the shock is blocked. 

3'   Juve trying to find a way through the Ajax defence, but they have been solid so far in these opening three minutes. 

1'   Ajax get the game underway.

Ajax with six men on yellows tonight...

The teams are in the tunnel as Ajax's 19-year-old captain prepares to lead out the visitors. Juve will be lead out by Paulo Dybala. 

Ajax's two last best runs in the Champions League came in 1996 and 1997 when they reached final and semi-final, respectively. Their opponents in both ties: Juventus. The Old Lady beat the then-holders in penalties in the 1996 final, after the game had finished 1-1. In 1997, Zinedine Zidane delivered a master class in the second leg of the semi-final at the Stadio Delle Alpi, as Juve ran out 4-1 winners (6-2 on agg). 

Ajax sporting director Pavel Nedved has spoken of Juve's faith in striker Paulo Dybala. The Argentine starts ahead of Kean, despite the latter having the best minutes-per-goal rate of any player in Europe's top five leagues to have played at least 100 minutes this season.

Ajax will be particularly wary of the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored eight goals his last five Champions League games against the Dutch club. 

A couple of changes to Allegri's side in Amsterdam last week: Dybala comes in for the injured Mandzukic. Emre Can gets the nod ahead of Betancur, while De Sciglio starts ahead of Cancelo, who is on the bench. 

Juventus have an incredible 11-game unbeaten record against Ajax at home. Can Ten Hag's side put an end to that run tonight? Considering what they did against Real Madrid last month, there is every indication that they can. One wonders though how that game would have gone had Ronaldo still been at Madrid.  

The home side arriving a few minutes ago:

Ajax have announded their XI, still waiting on Juve's team sheet.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of Juventus v Ajax at the Juventus stadium. Great news for Ajax, as De Jong is cleared fit to play.

Juventus vs Ajax: preview

Ajax travel to Juventus for the second leg of the Champions League quarter final tie at Juventus stadium on Tuesday, as the Dutch club look to reach their first semi-final since 1997.

Standing in their way of course is Juventus and their star man Cristiano Ronaldo. After scoring the hat-trick against Atlético Madrid in the last round, the Portuguese added yet another goal to his European tally at the Amsterdam Arena last week, giving the visitors the lead just before the break.

That lead was short-lived however, with Ajax finding an equaliser immediately after the break through David Neres. The Dutch side dominated the game in terms of possession and shots on goal, but could not find the second goal that would have given them a cushion going into tonight’s clash.

Juve will be expected be the more dominant side at home, where they hold an 11-game unbeaten record against tonight's opponents. With Mario Mandzukic injured, Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Bernadeschi are expected to lead from the front. Coach Massimiliano Allegri will also be without Juan Cuadrado and central defence stalwart Giorgio Chiellini. The Old Lady are chasing their first Champions League title since 1996, the year they beat then-holders Ajax in the final.

If Ajax are to put themselves in a position to reach their first final since 1996, they will need the likes of Neres, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Dusan Tadic at their best for the uphill task of beating Juve at home. But Coach Erik Ten Hag will undoubtedly remind his players of the heroics they pulled off against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu that got them to this stage of the competition.

“At the beginning of the season, nobody expected us to be among the final eight of the Champions League, together with the giants,” said Ten Hag. “But the team has developed so much that we can hold our own against these clubs. We believe in that, and believe in a good result. That’s how we will meet Juve tomorrow.”