Posted: 10 April 2019
Juventus registered a 1-1 draw away to Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg on Wednesday.
Weeks from capturing the imagination, Ajax started promisingly against a Juve side who welcomed back Cristiano Ronaldo from injury.
With Andre Onana at full stretch, the visitors missed a good chance to take a second minute lead after Federico Bernardeschi hoofed an inviting opportunity.
Four minutes later, Ajax threatened as Hakim Ziyech played a one-two before shooting into the side-netting.
On 18 minutes, Wojciech Szczesny came good for the Old Lady with a thumping save from Ziyech’s curler inside the box.
Ronaldo’s first piece of action took place on the half-hour mark, as the Portuguese superstar’s first-time volley from a corner strayed wide.
In the final minute of the half, Ronaldo bombed into the area for a powerful header past Onana following Joao Cancelo’s delivery.
Straight from the restart, Ajax were level when a solo run from David Neres resulted in a top-corner finish past a scrambling Szczesny.
From close-range, Nicolas Tagliafico darting run from the left ended off with a thunderbolt left-footed shot which strayed into the side-netting on 49 minutes.
The Italian champions made their first change of the evening on 60 minutes, with Douglas Costa brought in for Mario Mandzukic.
Ajax kept pushing for a second, with Dusan Tadic’s backheeled effort forcing Szczesny to go down for a save in the final 20 minutes.
Juve were denied a winner in the final three minutes, with Costa’s low strike skimming off the upright before trickling out of play.
In the end, Juve left Amsterdam with a vital away goal that will prove crucial in the return-leg next week, as missed chances denied Ajax a home victory.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2019-04-10 20:23:06