Juventus take a draw and an away goal back to Italy

Ajax vs Juventus is the only Champions League quarter-final where the scores remain level after the first leg, with the Dutch side returning to acquire a 1-1 draw against the Italian heroes.

A Cristiano Ronaldo header gave the Italians the lead, before the away goal was cancelled by a second half David Neres objective.

The home side were vibrant and lively early on, with Hakim Ziyech proving particularly difficult to deal with as he almost found a way to goal on 18 minutes, just for Wojciech Szczesny to deny him with a fine spare.

Confidence was high among the hosts, who moved the ball well without ever truly troubling a Juventus side who appeared alright with the play unfurling before them.

Donny van de Beek then spurned a big chance when he made room for himself inside the area and dragged his shot wide, with the misses while on top at last returning to cost Ajax.

In the final minute of the first half, Juventus picked their perfect moment to pounce and hit the front when last 16 hero Ronaldo met comrade Joao Cancelo’s cross to control a plunging header past Andre Onana.

However, the home side deserve great credit for not allowing that strike to hinder them and instantly put it behind them with a leveler toward the beginning of the second half.

Inside 30 seconds after the restart, Neres equalised when he punished Cancelo for losing possession by driving into the crate and terminating a relentless exertion into the back of the net.

Yet Juventus ultimately settled for a draw and have the most marginal of advantages thanks to the away goals rule.


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