Ajax knock out Juventus to reach Champions League semis

Ajax knock out Juventus to reach Champions League semis

Ajax knock out Juventus to reach Champions League semis

Ajax's 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the victor from a corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final, second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996/97.

The four-time European champions - who gave the world Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp - have gone from the 2017 ignominy of failing to qualify for a Uefa competition to earning a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Allegri, who has led Juventus to four successive league and cup doubles and two Champions League finals, said he had already discussed the matter with club president Andrea Agnelli following their 2-1 defeat in the quarterfinal second leg.

"If you play against Ajax in the way they want to play, you have the risk that they are better than you". Donny van de Beek cancelled out Ronaldo's opener before Matthijs de Ligt took the victor to let the Dutch visitors advance 3-2 overall. "I wasn't born the last time we reached the semis".

"We said before we were not the favourites but with our philosophy we can go further, we've again surpassed our limits".

That means Ajax will now have a full week of rest between their home clash with Vitesse on April 23 and their visit to Spurs, with Tottenham facing West Ham in the Premier League just three days before the Champions League game.

Ajax and Barcelona complete the semi-final line up after quarter-final victories over Juventus and Manchester United, respectively.

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Ajax also took home Champions League titles three-straight times, in 1971, 1972 and 1973.

Juventus have won the Champions League twice, most recently in 1996 when they beat Ajax in the final.

Ajax should have scored more in the closing stages as Neres scuffed Dusan Tadic's pass wide and Ziyech saw his pile-driver disallowed for offside.

But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found a breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner. Who has been the most disappointing in the Champions League this season?

When are the Champions League semi-finals? "He's disappointed like all of us", said Allegri.

Liverpool, in six of the last nine games, have scored at least one goal in the final 10 minutes.

One of them, star midfielder Frenkie de Jong, limped off with a hamstring problem in the first half and is a doubt for the game in Turin.

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