Amsterdam: Cristiano Ronaldo was again hailed by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after scoring with the only goal of his team to win a 1-1 draw against Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final. Final of the Champions League in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
On his return from a hamstring injury, Ronaldo overcame Johan Cruyff Arena’s 50,000 home crowd when he led Juventus ahead of the match to score 125 points.
However, Brazilian winger David Neres created a superb equalizer almost immediately after half-time to give Ajax a draw at least deserved.
Despite this, it is Juventus – for whom substitute Douglas Costa played late – who holds the advantage for the return to Turin next Tuesday, the winners of this meeting facing Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.
“Ronaldo has shown that he is at a different level, his timing and movements are different from those of others, you cannot do anything about it,” said Allegri.
Ronaldo had not played for his club since his hat-trick in front of Atletico Madrid in the last match, and his goal here saved the visitors against another great performance from Ajax.
“The Ajax have excellent quality, we suffered after their goal, but we defended and finished the match better,” said Allegri.
“He’s a world-class player, but I think we played well tonight,” Light captain Matthijs told Ronaldo.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag added: “It’s not the result you’re hoping for, it’s a result.” The last time we lost 2-1 to Madrid at home, so we went are always here. “
The bright young Ten Hag team will likely be split at the end of this campaign. This is perhaps the best chance of the Amsterdam club for a long time to win a fifth European Cup.
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