Ronaldo nets 125th Champions League goal as Juve draw at Ajax

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2020 Qualifier in Estadio da Luz Lisbon Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2020 Qualifier in Estadio da Luz Lisbon Portugal

The quarter-final ended in a 1-1 draw after Ajax forward David Neres cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's headed opener for Juventus.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid, then scored a 125th Champions League goal with the last move of the first half before Ajax opened the second period with the same intensity.

The narrative here is much the same as for the clash with Madrid: bright, young Ajax pitted against the cynical, grizzled veterans of Juventus.

Ajax are still right in the tie, but left-back Nicolas Tagliafico will be suspended for the return after being booked here. They pressed, they fought, and they got their goal.

Douglas Costa nearly gave the visitors what, in truth, would have been an undeserved victor, but his solo effort struck Onana's left-hand post, leaving both sides to settle for a share of the spoils ahead of the return leg in Turin.

Head coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the 34-year-old has recovered sufficiently from a thigh injury sustained while on Portugal duty last month. "His timing and movement is different to everyone else".

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Having missed numerous opportunities to win the match outright - if there is any criticism to be made of Ajax, it is that they need to convert a greater percentage of their chances - the hosts ended the game at a disadvantage. "We suffered after their goal but we defended well and finished the game better", added Allegri.

This result allows them to maintain hope ahead of the return, even if they might feel they should have won here. We have a team with a lot of potential and that tends to emerge to its fullest in Champions League matches.

The second leg is scheduled for Tuesday in Turin, with the victor to face Manchester City or Tottenham in the semi-finals.

Starting Joao Cancelo. The Juventus defender can, at times, look like a world-class talent, and other times he will just baffle you.

Ronaldo hadn't played since injuring his right thigh while on global duty with Portugal last month but he showed no signs of a problem.

However, they will be mindful of Ajax's 4-1 away win over Real Madrid in the last round that eliminated the holders 5-3 on aggregate.

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