Ajax 1-1 Juventus: Champions League at a glance

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2020 Qualifier in Estadio da Luz Lisbon Portugal

"Ajax are a young side, full of talent and play good football", warned Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi ahead of their Champions League quarter-final. For all Ajax's control, measured build-ups and fantastic interplay, one moment of Ronaldo's cruel genius was all it was ever going to take.

Juventus almost won it when Douglas Costa hit the post in the 85th.

After knocking out Real Madrid in the last round, Ajax were confident of causing another upset in the quarter-finals, as they began their contest against Juventus like a freight train.

And at one point in the second half, Ronaldo was so frustrated with his side's lack of pressing as the ball was played into the former Willem II man, that he threw his arms up in the air.

Having missed numerous opportunities to win the match outright - if there is any criticism to be made of Ajax, it is that they need to convert a greater percentage of their chances - the hosts ended the game at a disadvantage.

Neres robbed Cancelo by the left touchline just inside the Juventus half and advanced before curling a shot beyond Szczesny and into the far corner.

"Once again Ronaldo proved to be on a different level, his movements and his sense of timing are simply different from the others", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

However, Brazilian winger David Neres conjured a stunning equaliser nearly immediately after half-time to give Ajax a draw that was the very least they deserved. Subs: Douglas Costa 7, Dybala 6, Khedira n/a.

The main question about that, perhaps, is will Cristiano Ronaldo start for Juventus against Ajax?

A virtual spectator for the opening 45 minutes until the final action of the half, Ronaldo demonstrated exactly why he comes alive for this competition.

Ajax then dominated possession but were guilty of over-elaborate passing and were also fortunate not to have given away a penalty when defender Nicolas Tagliafico was tugging on the jersey of Juventus captain Mario Mandzukic.

The second leg is scheduled for next Tuesday in Turin, with the victor to face Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.

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