Toy Story Stopped Ronaldo And Juventus Winning The Champions League

Aubrey Yates
April 17, 2019

The 34-year-old was signed for 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer from Real Madrid in a bid to win the European trophy for the first time since 1996, when they beat Ajax in the final.

Ajax are the first team in Champions League history to make the semi-finals after surviving three qualifying rounds, and will now meet Manchester City or Tottenham in the last four.

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt insists they "have no reason to fear any opponent" after knocking Juventus out of the Champions League. It's unbelievable that a squad from the Netherlands is showing the world what we can do. "We played with confidence and patience".

"There is so much potential in our team and we are all still young".

"After tonight's training, we will see", said Ten Hag.

Juventus substitute Moise Kean fired wide after being slipped through by Ronaldo, but Ajax continued to call the tune and Pjanic stuck out a foot to deny Ziyech the simplest of tap-ins.

Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek levelled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the victor in the second half. With De Ligt, I do not know what will happen. That was the flawless moment to score.

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Even after their 4-1 win at the Bernabeu to send them through to the quarters, there were just enough mitigating circumstances to distract from their obvious quality.

Van De Beek was on the end of further breathtaking Ajax approach play, but again Szczesny was equal to the task and tipped the ball over the crossbar.

"For our part, we are aware of having been in the Champions League quarter-finals for five or six years and are proud to continue along this path".

If Ajax do bow out - and it would take a fearless person to bet against them, given what they have done thus far - they will do so having produced one of the Champions League's best underdog stories in many a year, and sadly one that could become fewer and farther between if wealth imbalances in the game continue to grow.

"Ajax clearly deserved the victory, especially in the second half", Allegri said at his post-match press conference.

The La Liga leaders have the situation "under control", according to the sources, and not getting the deal over the line now would provide similar levels of disappointment to last summer when they were turned down by Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann at the last minute.

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