‘Everything’s gonna be alright’ - dream still alive for Ajax against Juve

‘Everything’s gonna be alright’ - dream still alive for Ajax against Juve

‘Everything’s gonna be alright’ - dream still alive for Ajax against Juve

David Neres cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's header as Ajax and Juventus played out an absorbing 1-1 draw in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Last night's opponents Ajax have only managed 31 goals once they have passed the group stage in recent years.

Ronaldo's sensational strike on the cusp of halftime - his 23rd Champions League headed goal and the 97th of his career - gave Juventus an unlikely lead after a youthful Ajax side had bossed the majority of the game's opening stanza.

He may only have played three matches at Ajax's Johan Cruyff Arena, but he is the joint-top scorer at the stadium with six goals - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same number, but four of his came when he was playing for the Dutch side.

This is Ajax's first appearance in the Champions League quarterfinal in 16 years.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury and headed Juve into the lead just before half-time but Ajax fully deserved the equaliser scored by David Neres straight from the restart and pushed hard for a victor. Juventus were lucky to leave Johan Cruijff Arena with a draw with dominant Ajax almost outclassing them.

Their spectacular comeback from a 2-1 first-leg home defeat to Real Madrid with a thumping 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the previous round showed that the tie is far from over.

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"It is not the result you hope for, but it is a result".

It would be a 28th trophy in four countries for the five-time Ballon d'Or victor, a haul which includes five Champions League, and the Euro 2016 title with Portugal.

Speaking to uefa.com after the game, Allegri conceded that Neres' goal saw a dip in Juventus' performance levels, but was pleased with how they responded and finished the game.

"His timing and movement is different to everyone else's, there's nothing you can do about it", said coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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Ronaldo joined the Old Lady in a deal around £88 million from Real Madrid last summer and he has proven to be valuable to them.

In fact, he has 41 goals in Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, blowing his fellow players out of the water by a country mile.

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