Champions League: Barcelona crush Manchester United as Ajax stun Juventus

Champions League: Barcelona crush Manchester United as Ajax stun Juventus

Ajax will now meet Manchester City or Tottenham in the semi finals.

"Juventus are different to Real Madrid, we already discussed that before the first leg, as they have a different style of football".

Leonardo Bonucci - 6 - The better of Juve's centre-backs; by and large the seasoned Italian defender had a relatively solid game, though could have been a little more alert for Van de Beek's goal.

Juventus signed Ronaldo in pre-season in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League.

"We showed it in the Bernabeu (against Madrid), we showed it against Bayern Munich (at the group stage) and now we showed it against Juventus".

Van de Beek, who equalised for Ajax before half-time, added via Veronica TV: "Everyone is going insane, Ajax are in the semi-final!"

Lionel Messi scored two early goals to send Barcelona into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in four seasons with a comfortable 3-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time).

Ajax's 2-1 second-leg Champions League quarter-final win at Juventus generated an understandably rapturous reaction back home in the Netherlands.

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"It's unbelievable. We are so happy that we did it today and so proud of the team", De Ligt told ViaSportFotball.

"We said before we were not the favourites but with our philosophy we can go further, we've again surpassed our limits". "I expect Massimiliano Allegri to make some changes and defend deeper, but we must do better and surpass our limits", said the Ajax manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo, aiming for a fourth successive Champions League title after winning the last three with Real Madrid, put Juventus ahead in the 28th minute with a typically emphatic header, his sixth goal of the competition.

Allegri said he had yet to decide between Argentine forward Dybala and teenager Moise Kean, who has scored six goals in as many games.

La Repubblica lamented Juventus's continuing failed search for a third European crown; their last came in beating Ajax on penalties in the 1996 final.

Ajax took complete control in the second half and their geometric passing repeatedly opened up the Juventus defence, which sorely missed injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

"In the last month we have been struggling with several injuries - even tonight we were missing important players - so it was not easy to reach top form".