Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt scored the goals as Ajax ended Juventus’ Champions League campaign at the quarter-final stage.
Ajax dumped Juventus out of the Champions League as a stunning 2-1 second-leg victory at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday completed a famous 3-2 quarter-final triumph.
Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt scored either side of half-time to overturn Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener and send the Eredivisie side through to the last four of the competition for the first time since 1997.
The Bianconeri appeared on course to progress after Ronaldo, on target in last week’s 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, nodded them ahead in contentious circumstances.
But Erik ten Hag’s thrilling young side took command thereafter and collected another high-profile scalp having already ended Real Madrid’s reign in the previous round.
21′ CLOSE! Van de Beek misses a golden chance!
Neres’ quick feet earn him a yard of space inside a crowded Juventus box. He plays a neat one-two but can’t get on the end of it as the ball deflects away from him, but it’s into the path of Van de Beek just a couple of yards out! He dives to turn it home but can only divert the ball over the bar! What a miss!
28′ GOAL! Juventus 1-0 Ajax (Ronaldo)
JUVENTUS TAKE THE LEAD! Ronaldo meets the corner with his head and bullets the ball into the bottom corner past a static Onana! He had no chance of saving that! It’s 1-0 to Juventus!
34′ GOAL! Juventus 1-1 Ajax (Van de Beek)
A left-wing cross comes out to Ziyech and he takes a speculative shot at goal. It deflects through the crowd and straight into the path of Van de Beek, who is one-on-one with Szczesny and slots calmly into the far corner! It’s 1-1!
52′ GREAT SAVE! Szczesny denies Ziyech’s shot
What a chance for Ajax! The visitors have men over and Van de Beek works it wide to Ziyech on the right. However, the angle closes on him and his eventual attempt at the near post is saved well by Szczesny! That was a really good opportunity.
67′ GOAL! Juventus 1-2 Ajax (De Ligt)
The underdogs take the lead for the first time in the tie and it could prove significant! De Ligt meets a corner above Sandro and powers a header down and into the back of the net! Juventus are shell-shocked!
74′ Unbelievable! What a miss from Neres
Huge chance for Ajax! A dink forward is dealt with poorly and Ziyech has the opportunity to play it over the top for Neres inside the box. He goes for a first-time effort as the ball drops for him but his contact is scruffy and it bounces over Szczesny and clears the crossbar! What an opportunity!
79′ OFFSIDE! Ziyech’s goal disallowed
NO GOAL!! Ziyech tries to cut it back from the left and Neres is tackled. The ball comes back to him and he curls the sweetest of strikes into the top-right corner with his weaker right foot, but the flag goes up for offside! VAR then checks and confirms the decision.