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Juventus 1-2 Ajax (agg 2-3): Brilliant Ajax win to knock out Juve

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.

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My view: I really hope Ajax wins everything. It is better than seeing the same old elite clubs winning year after year, just boring. If Spurs can see off Manchester City and then play well against Ajax to make the finals, that'll be nice.

I thought superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Joined Juventus To Win Champions LeagueL, but unfortunately it's not going to happen. At least Ronaldo Will Get A League Winners Medal for once. Great to see Ajax win, they are a proper club with fantastic support. A young team with no fear, they beat the big boys, as Manchester United got thrashed and humiliated by Barca. It's such a shame that this Ajax team will be broken up, as European big clubs will nearly buy all of these young players in the summer. Last time it was young Kylian Mbappe and his Monaco team.

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