Juventus shares plunge on Champions League knockout

Allegri and Cristiano during the training session

Allegri and Cristiano during the training session. JOSE A. GARCIA

At Juventus's Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night Ronaldo, a five-time victor of the tournament, headed the Italian hosts in front from a first-half corner. Obviously, in the second half we were the far better team.

But Ajax were level within six minutes when Hakim Ziyech's shot fell into Van De Beek's path and the midfielder made the most of his good fortune with an assured finish into the bottom corner.

The player's sister, Katia Aveiro also spoke about the brother and Juve's elimination from the Champions League.

This is probably the only thing Ajax coach Erik ten Hag will have to work on.

De Ligt scored the decisive goal in Tuesday's semi-final second leg at Italian giants Juventus, as Ajax secured a deserved 3-2 aggregate win and a return to the last four of Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 1997.

Nor have Ajax shown respect to the financial imbalances so pronounced in modern football.

Juventus have remained one of the favourites for the competition throughout the campaign, though hasn't been ensured by their form throughout the tournament. "Ajax are a great team, I can not say much to my players tonight".

But as one famous Johan Cruyff quote widely shared on social media recently professed: "Why couldn't you beat a richer club? I expected goals to be scored I have the same expectations for tomorrow".

But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found a breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner. In this sense, the club are optimistic and are not anxious about missing out on him.

In the past few seasons alone they have lost talents such as Davy Klaason to Everton and Davinson Sanchez to Tottenham.

The goals ended Messi's weird scoring drought in Champions League quarter-finals that had reached 12 matches dating back to 2013.

"De Ligt, the best young centre-half on the planet", the former England defender said on BT Sport.

Defensively, the well-travelled Daley Blind links up with young Matthijs de Ligt to create a pairing who are comfortable under pressure.

Ajax's stellar performances this season have surprisingly guided them to their first European Cup semi-final since 1996.

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