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No Respect For ‘Old Lady’ As Youthful Ajax End Ronaldo’s 6th UCL Dream

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: David Neres of Ajax celerbates as he scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The Old Lady were shot out of the champions league right in front of their vociferous crowd by a youthful Ajax team that exhibit desperation and hunger for Europe’s most glamorous club laurel.
The teenage Dutch club showed no respect for the Old Lady on home ground on a night, only the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo proved he was the only player on Juventus’ side willing to win the UCL trophy.
Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the UCL had spectacularly headed the hosts in front from a first-half corner on a night his contemporary at Barcelona, Lionel Messi inspired his Catalan giants to a 3-nil crushing at 4-0 aggregate.
The exuberant Dutch club that awed even the home fans with vigorous football had cancelled out Ronaldo’s early strike as Donny van de Beek controlled Hakim Ziyech’s shot and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny.
Ziyech went close after the break before De Ligt, up from the back, scored a decisive, powerful header.
The away-goals rule left Juventus needing two in the remaining 23 minutes, but it could have been even more comfortable for the visitors in the closing stages with David Neres shooting wide and Ziyech flagged offside after whipping a smart shot into the top corner.
Ronaldo, who picked up a late yellow card for a frustrated lunge at Joel Veltmans, stalked off the pitch at the final whistle, having been knocked out of the competition for the first time since Juventus beat his previous club Real Madrid in May 2015.
At the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi inspired the home side to a convincing 4-nil aggregate win over a lacklustre Manchester United side on a night the Red Devils, on the 20th anniversary of their champions league win, got every foot wrong.
Messi opened the scoring with a brace while Brazilian forward, Coutinho powered in the third.


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