The history between Juventus and Ajax is set to continue when they meet on Wednesday evening at Johan Cruyff Arena for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final fixture, kick-off at 21h00. These two football giants have a long and historic shared past, with the Bianconeri having the upper hand on Dutch soil.
Here are five matches the two teams have played against each other in Amsterdam:
1974/75 Ajax 2-1 Juventus (Last 16, UEFA Cup)
This was the first two-legged affair to take place between the two sides (the only previous encounter saw Ajax triumph in the 1973 European Cup final), and it was a tightly contested outing between the two teams, just like the first leg that ended 1-0 in favour of the Old Lady. Ajax snatched the victory in stoppage time courtesy of Muhren, but it wasn’t enough to see them progress as Damiani’s (who scored in the first leg too) penalty meant that the Italians would win the round.
1977/78 Ajax 1-1 Juventus (Quarter Finals, European Cup)
The game looked destined to end goalless until an 89th minute goal from van Dord put the hosts in front. The victory almost seemed destined to be painted red, but a 90th minute goal by Causio ensured that it was all to play for in second leg. Juventus progressed through to the next round of the European Cup by claiming a 4-1 victory via penalties.