Champions League: Ajax dazes Juventus, Barcelona travels past Manchester United
Ajax proceeded with its impossible run and Barcelona hustled past Manchester United as the two clubs progressed to the UEFA Champions League semifinals Tuesday.
Ajax thumped out Juventus with a 2-1 triumph to achieve its first Champions alliance semifinal since 1997. Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute as his group revived to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, hunting down his fourth back to back Champions League title in the wake of winning the past three with Real Madrid, put his group ahead in the 28th minute with a header. It was his 6th goal in the current year’s competition and the 126th Champions League goal of his career.
Donny van de Beek leveled the score six minutes after the fact with a shot past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Ajax took control in the second half and at last secured the triumph after de Ligt outjumped two defenders and headed in the champ.
Ajax plays the champ of the Tottenham and Manchester City matchup in the last four.
In different Champions League activity, Barcelona traveled to a 3-0 triumph over Manchester United on Tuesday at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored twice as Barca got a 4-0 aggregate win to achieve the semifinals.
Messi’s first goal came in the 16th minute after he twisted a shot past United goalkeeper David De Gea. After four minutes, Messi found the net again after the ball crushed under the body of De Gea.