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Allegri: Juventus Didn't Do Enough To Beat Ajax

14 April 2019
Allegri: Juventus Didn't Do Enough To Beat Ajax

Last night's opponents Ajax have only managed 31 goals once they have passed the group stage in recent years.

"Ajax still standing" said the daily De Volkskrant, who described the youthful Amsterdam side as "courageous and free" after they came back from conceding to Ronaldo on the stroke of half-time.

That means the victor of next season's Eredivisie is nearly certainly guaranteed an automatic place in the Champions League group stages.

There's no other way of saying it; Cristiano Ronaldo owns the Champions League. "Last time we lost 2-1 to Madrid at home so we are still in it".

A second half goal from David Neres earned Ajax a more than deserved 1-1 draw against the Old Lady, meaning Netherlands have now confirmed 11th spot in the coefficient list.

Ajax then had to ride their luck as Juve substitute Douglas Costa, returning from two months out with a thigh injury, raced into the area and crashed a shot against the far post.

If you don't pay attention for one second, they will punish you for that.

Leading daily De Telegraaf wrote that he "drove Juventus to despair", while Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri described De Jong as "the real source of their game".

Ajax were left to rue a number of missed opportunities as they notched up 19 shots with an impressive six on target.

The match pits rising star Frenkie De Jong (soon to be a Barcelona player) and the rest of a generational Ajax side taking on the giants of Italy, Juventus, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Joao Cancelo's driving run down the right flank saw him loft a perfectly measured center to his compatriot Ronaldo who emphasized his status as one of the game's best finishers, ruthlessly powering the ball past the clutches of Andre Onana.

Ajax piled on the pressure at the Johan Cruyff Arena, going close on a number of occasions before Douglas Costa almost delivered a late sucker punch for Juve when he struck the woodwork.

Ahead of FC Barcelona's quarter-final clash against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League tonight, superstar Lionel Messi was hailed as the best footballer in history by a former teammate of his.