Ajax Draw Juve In First Leg Of Champions League Quarter-Final

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2020 Qualifier in Estadio da Luz Lisbon Portugal

Former Super Eagles global, Joseph Yobo, has hailed Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo's performance in their Champion League quarter final 1-1 draw against Ajax on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid, then scored a 125th Champions League goal with the last move of the first half before Ajax opened the second period with the same intensity. "And, hopefully, we can show that again against Juventus", 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong said. United already came back from a heavier first-leg deficit to reach this stage, losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 before winning 3-1 in the French capital last month.

The vast majority of the pressure was coming from Ajax, though, as they continued to demonstrate that their upset of Real was just as much about their excellence as the difficulties of their opponents.

The home side continued to pose most of the questions but couldn't find a way through, and the Old Lady nearly snatched victory late on when substitute Douglas Costa's solo attempt came back off the post.

Massimiliano Allegri also hailed his star man after the match, welcoming his return to the Old Lady starting line-up. "His timing and movement is different to everyone else".

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The energy and quality that their play is laced with gave them a number of great opportunities, the best falling to Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek.

"I think we've done pretty well". We started well because Bernardeschi and Matuidi got the ball moving a few times, but they defended well.

It's advantage Juve, but don't rule out an Ajax side who hit four at the Bernabeu in the last round just yet.

Ajax and Juventus will be facing each other for the ninth time in the European Cup/Champions League and for the first time since November 2004.

The second leg is scheduled for Tuesday in Turin, with the victor to face Manchester City or Tottenham in the semi-finals. That said, Real Madrid took two away goals to the Bernabeu and were still undone by an inspired Ajax performance.

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