Yeah, guys… This Tuesday night wasn’t for Cristiano Ronaldo. A paradigm has been broken in Turin. A clash of Two giants. One will remain. The other one, unfortunately, will go. Ajax have undoubtedly beat Juventus 2-1 and will return to a Champions League semi-final after 22 years. Once Ronaldo, who opened the scoring and watched Van de Beek and De Ligt complete the comeback for Ajax, fell early after eight seasons in a row reaching the semis of the Champions League.
After a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, Ajax securely conquered Turin with a 2-1 win. Even if they conceded another goal they would still make it to the semis for the away goal rule. Now the young team led by Erik ten Hag awaits the winner of Manchester City – Tottenham to meet his opponent in the semifinal. On the road, the Spurs won 1-0 at London and now play for the draw.
But talking about the game, the first half was very even. Juventus seemed to be gassed up and could stop Ajax’s impetuous attack. However, the Dutch side still had counter-attacks. Without much space in the closed Dutch defense, the Old Lady used her main weapon to open the scoring at 27. Ronaldo capitalized on a very good Pjanic corner and headed home past Andre Onana. The play was reviewed in the VAR for a suppose foul from Bonnucci on De Ligt. However, the referee confirmed the goal for the hosts moments later.
Six minutes later, the Dutch response came in. Hakim Ziyech tried from outside the area, and the ball deflected off Juventus defense. Van de Beek was smart enough to perceive the ball coming from the deflection, got out of offside position, controlled the ball, and fire on the bottom corner. 1-1 in Turin.
After the break, Ajax changed from water to wine. Erik ten Hag must have had an incredible motivational team talk, as they came back up to kill the game. And they did it. We can summarize Ajax in the second half as flawless in the defense and lethal with counter-attacks. The Dutch goal came at the 66th, as De Ligt arouse higher than Juventus defense and headed home a Lasse Schone corner. 1-2.
Ziyech even scored the third, but the goal was ruled out for offside. While on the Juventus side, even Ronaldo went missing. This Ajax side is really something else. It kinda reminds me of last season’s Liverpool. A deadly attack front, many goals scored, fearless and lethal to counter-attack. In my opinion, Ajax have all the conditions to be the Champions League champions this season.