Juventus bowed out of the Champions League after falling 2-1 at home to an inspired Ajax side in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Ronaldo’s first half strike was not enough to see the Bianconeri qualify for the semi-finals, after goals from van de Beek and de Ligt sealed a victory for the Dutch.
The two teams came into the second leg having played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Johan Cruijff ArenA. Massimiliano Allegri had to make do without the services, once again, of Giorgio Chiellini, along with Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic, who both featured in the draw in Amsterdam.
It was a fiery start to the game, with both teams looking to win possession at all costs and attack with pace, so much so, it resulted in a few physical challenges being made. Erik ten Hag’s side, however, were dealt a bitter blow when they had to lose Mazraoui in the 11th minute of the game after picking up an injury. Juventus were doing all the attacking in the opening stages of the game. A fortunate ball fell to Bernardeschi in the 17th minute and he tried to get it past two defenders to direct it towards Ronaldo, who was inside the box, but he slipped, and the ball was lost.