TURIN – Return of the Champions League quarter-finals, Juventus-Ajax 1-2, goals: Cristiano Ronaldo headed the net at 28 ', Van De Beek on an assist from Ziyech on the 34' and De Ligt on the 67 '( gone 1-1) ).
Juve out of Europe, not even the purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to win the Champions League.
Juventus eliminated from the Champions League. The team coached by Massimiliano Allegri had taken the lead with Cristiano Ronaldo, and also enjoyed the positive result of the first leg, but suffered a draw from Van De Beek in the final part of the first half and practically disappeared in the second half. In the second half, Ajax dominated and went through thanks to De Ligt's goal.
A Juventus who did everything to set up a team to win the Cup with big ears but even the purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer capable of winning 5 Champions League career titles, was enough to return to rejoice in the maximum European club competition. Juve dreamed of the "Triplete", now he will have to settle for the "usual" championship. Will this be enough to save Allegri's bench? Certainly this European failure will affect not just the decisions of the Juventus leadership in the planning of the team for next season.
Ten Haag, Guardiola's pupil who made Allegri fail.
Juve was back from the enterprise against Atletico Madrid and had the favors of the prediction against a talented but immature Ajax for his young age. At least this is what was said at the time of the draw. Opinion remained similar even at the end of the first match, although Ajax impressed with his hyper offensive game. In Turin, Juventus had a strong game and had deservedly gone ahead with Cristiano Ronaldo but with the passing of the minutes surrendered to the greater technique, but above all to the greater race, of the terrible boys of Ajax.
The young talents of Ajax ran twice as many players as Juventus and in addition to the two goals they missed a lot of chances as a goal due to an excess of affectation. Ajax is the real novelty of this Champions League, a team that plays without strikers, where everyone knows how to do everything thanks to an enviable individual technique. Great credit for Ten Haag, a pupil of Guardiola, and a soccer teacher.
Ten Haag coached Bayern Munich "B", strongly backed by Guardiola who was Bayern Munich's coach at the time. Ten Haag loves the game "alla Guardiola" and this attitude is clearly visible in this Ajax. Playing with the false nine, he gave no reference points to either Real Madrid or Juventus. Ten Haag is fortunate to have young people who follow him blindly, who do everything he asks. The Ajax technician will have to demonstrate that he knows how to impose himself even with established champions.
Ten Haag gave Massimiliano Allegri a soccer lesson. His young hopefuls dominated, from the point of view of the game, both the forward match and the return match against established champions like Juventus players. This year Allegri could not fail, according to many he could have won the "Triplete" and instead this Juve is forced to settle "only" for a championship, the eighth consecutive for the bianconeri and the fifth in a row for Allegri. Will it be enough to save his bench? We will know soon.
Juventus-Ajax 1-2, the chronicle of the Champions League match.
At 6 ', Mazraoui got hurt after a normal game contrast but decided to grit his teeth and stay on the pitch. On 11 minutes, Mazraoui could no longer play and was out due to a muscle injury, Sinkgraven came into his place. At 18 ', Bernardeschi had the chance to send Cristiano Ronaldo into the goal but he missed the pass.
At 20 ', Neres found Van De Beek alone in front of the Juventus goal but the Ajax player kicked the stars by devouring a goal already done. At 28 ', Cristiano Ronaldo scored ahead of a corner kick in favor of Juventus. The Portuguese striker was released from a contact between two Ajax players who pushed each other (de Ligt spread Veltman).
The referee went to review the episode at the var and validated the network at Juventus. At 34 ', Van de Beek leveled the score by collecting a wrong conclusion from Ziyech and beating Szczesny with an unattainable diagonal. The first half ended after five minutes of recovery on the score one by one. Recovery necessary due to the intervention of the var. Van de Beek responded to Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the start of the second half, Allegri launched Moise Kean on the pitch to replace Paulo Dybala. The Argentine has surrendered to a muscular problem. At 52 ', the defense of Juventus has forgotten about Ziyech but the Moroccan shot him in Szczesny from an excellent position. If he had angled his conclusion, they would have been pains for Juve.
At 56 ', Szczesny performed an authentic miracle on a shot by Van de Beek. The Polish goalkeeper deflected the ball in a corner kick avoiding worse trouble. At 61 ', Kean was thrown into the net by Cristiano Ronaldo but the blue millennial kicked badly not finding Ajax's goal.
At 67 ', the Ajax took the lead with a great header from De Ligt on the development of a corner kick in favor of the Dutch. De Ligt jumped higher than both Rugani and Alex Sandro and scored. Unbeatable conclusion for Szczesny. At 79 ', Ziyech scored the 3-1 goal but referee Clement Turpin canceled it for an offside position of the Moroccan striker. In the 89th minute, the referee did not concede a penalty kick to Juventus for a hand ball by Blind on a cross by Bentancur. The Dutch footballer touched the ball first with his chest and then with his hand. The referee did not want to assign the penalty to Juventus and did not even go to consult the var. It's over, Ajax won 2-1 at the Stadium and qualified for the Champions League semi-finals .
Juventus-Ajax, the choices of coaches.
Allegri has decided to focus on 4-3-3 to snatch the qualification for the Champions League semi-finals. The owner, Szczesny, plays between the posts. Four-man defense with Mattia De Sciglio preferred to Joao Cancelo, a player who served the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in the first leg but who also made the decisive mistake on the occasion of Ajax's equalizer in Neres, in the role of right back, Alex Sandro in the role of left back and Leonardo Bonucci with Daniele Rugani in the center of the defense.
Midfield three with Blaise Mauidi and Emre Can as medians and with Miralem Pjanic in the control room. Trident of wonders with Cristiano Ronaldo as center-forward and Federico Bernardeschi at his side, confirmed after the excellent performance of the first leg, with Paulo Dybala, captain of the evening, preferred to Moise Kean.
Ajax responds with its eleven type. 4-4-3 with Onana between the posts, Veltman right back, De Ligt and Blind in the center of the defense and Mazraoui left back, midfield three with the "Pirlo dell'Ajax" Schone, De Jong and Van De Beek. Forward wide to the inspiration of Tadic, Neres, author of the goal in the first leg match, and Ziyech.
Juventus-Ajax, the probable line-ups of the Champions League match.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Emre Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo. Allegri All.
AJAX (4-3-3): Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui; Schöne, De Jong, Van De Beek; Ziyech, Tadic, Neres. All. Ten Hag.
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