Ronaldo strikes to give Juventus edge against impressive Ajax

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Ronaldo strikes to give Juventus edge against impressive Ajax
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Ajax's Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt run with the ball during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus FC at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on April 10, 2019. / AFP / Emmanuel Dunand

Cristiano Ronaldo denoted his arrival from damage with a valuable away goal as Juventus drew 1-1 with an incredible Ajax in the primary leg of their Champions League quarter-last in Amsterdam on Wednesday. 

Ronaldo repressed the 50,000 home fans in the Johan Cruyff Arena when he headed Juventus in front on the stroke of half-time to take his record goal count in the challenge to 125. 

Brazilian winger David Neres summoned a shocking equalizer very quickly after half-time to give Ajax a draw that was the least they merited. 

Be that as it may, it is Juventus - for whom substitute Douglas Costa struck a post late on - who hold the high ground heading into next Tuesday's arrival in Turin, with the champs of this tie confronting Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the last four. 

Ronaldo was back for his first appearance since languishing thigh damage playing over Portugal a month ago - it was his first diversion for Juventus since mesh the cap trap that dumped out Atletico Madrid in the last 16. 


The 34-year-old is expecting to win the trophy for the fourth year running, while Ajax are showing up at this phase of the challenge out of the blue since 2003. 

They had set up this tie by consummation Real Madrid's European authority in the past round after an exciting 4-1 triumph in Spain. 

Erik ten Hag's splendid youthful side is probably going to be separated toward the finish of this crusade, so this might be the Amsterdam club's most obvious opportunity in quite a while to win a fifth European Cup. 

De Jong runs the show 

Frenkie de Jong is leaving for Barcelona, and the 21-year-old's excitement to kick it into high gear on the ball and begin moves here underlined why the Catalans were set up to pay an underlying 75 million euros ($84.5 million) in January to verify his mark. 

Nonetheless, it was the Moroccan universal, Hakim Ziyech, who was the most conspicuous going ahead in the primary half - one twisting exertion in the eighteenth moment was setting out toward the top corner before being tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny. 

Ajax absolutely ought to have scored in the 25th moment when Dusan Tadic set up Donny van de Beek inside the case, however his shot went distressingly wide. 

Juventus just showed their assaulting risk in patches, with Federico Bernardeschi vivacious and Ronaldo snaring one possibility wide. 

The last had been kept to a great extent calm, yet he was managed an excess of reality by the Ajax safeguard as he opened the scoring with the last demonstration of the main half. 

Ronaldo gathered a go from the rich Rodrigo Bentancur, spread the play to Joao Cancelo and afterward ran unhindered in a straight line into the case to head home his comrade's consummately flighted cross. 

Andre Onana got a touch, yet couldn't prevent Ronaldo his 25th from claiming the season - he has now scored six Champions League goal at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the same number of as ex-Ajax star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

The Ajax fans welcomed their group's arrival for the second half with a version of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, and they were all the while belting out the words to their received song when they evened out inside a moment of the restart. 

Neres ransacked Cancelo by the left touchline simply inside the Juventus half and progressed before twisting a shot past Szczesny and into the far corner. 

In any case, regardless of applied weight from that point onward, Ajax couldn't get a champ, and Costa almost conveyed a late sucker punch when he struck the woodwork. 

Having returned from losing 2-1 at home to Madrid in the main leg of the last 16, Ajax will go to Turin brimming with expectation, albeit left-back Nicolas Tagliafico will be suspended for the arrival in the wake of being reserved here.