An initial goal from Ronaldo wasn’t enough for Juventus against this impressive AFC Ajax squad. Van de Beek and De Ligt put them in semifinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s miraculous goals weren’t enough for Juventus against Ajax this Tuesday in Turin.

The Portuguese forward was believed to be the Vecchia Signora’s savior and biggest Champions League hope for the Italian giants this season.

But this Ajax side is confirmed as the absolute underdog of this Champions League season after tonight.

The Dutch squad already traveled to Bayern Munich this season and didn’t lose at Allianz Arena during the group stage of the competition.

They also traveled to the Santiago Bernabeu and completely dominated Real Madrid with a historic 1-4 victory.

This squad managed by Erik ten Hag wanted to make history in the competition as they traveled to Juventus Stadium to face Cristiano Ronaldo and company.

The initial 1-1 result gave the Italians a slight advantage for that away goal that Ronaldo scored at Johan Cruyff Arena last week.

But this Ajax squad is currently playing the most fluid football in the world and this is more than enough for them to aspire for great things this season.

The match started with a packed Juventus Stadium and Cristiano Ronaldo searching for another Champions League goal this season during the first half.

Ronaldo made his appearance for Juventus

The first half hour of the match was dominated by Juventus and properly controlled by the Italian club’s midfield.

Ajax was always applying high pressure on the Vecchia Signora’s exit strategy and studied the rival during the first half of the match.

It took the Dutch squad a little while to get comfortable enough to play better, good old vintage Dutch attacking football.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo made his appearance before the half-hour mark through a corner-kick that he scored with a potent header.

The Italian club initially feared that the goal could get disallowed after Bonucci appeared to foul an Ajax player.

The referee reviewed the play but he decided that Juventus’ goal was legal and Ronaldo profusely celebrated with all his fans.

WhoScored confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 25th Champions League goal in only 22 quarterfinal matches played throughout his career.

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A supposed injured Ronaldo scores a hat-trick for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is supposed to be nursing an injury yet he still managed to score a hat-trick for Portugal in a 6-0 win over Lithuania.

This is also Cristiano Ronaldo’s 126th goal in this competition’s history and Juventus was well on its way to that semifinal round against Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur.

But the game was far from over and Ajax kept playing that fluid football that has set them apart from all the other squads this season.

Ajax’s response to Juventus’ pressure

It took the visiting squad only six minutes to respond to that Ronaldo header.

Hakim Ziyech took a deviated shot from outside the box and Donny van de Beek found the ball that changed the outcome of the match.

The young Dutchman’s finish needed to get a review from VAR but his position was completely legal when Ziyech’s shot left his foot.

This 1-1 result meant that the game could go into extra time but Ajax kept controlling the ball through the second half of the game.

There is a progression of passes that became the norm for the Dutch squad, it was another nightmare that reminded Cristiano Ronaldo of his worst days against Barcelona.

With the game still tied, only a moment of brilliance could help either squad.

The key moment came after a full hour of the match had passed and the chosen player who made it happen was Matthijs de Ligt.

The Ajax skipper connected the ball with a header after a corner-kick and scored the goal that puts his side in the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 1997.

This is as far as the competition goes for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward got eliminated by the competition’s underdog.

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