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Leicester keen on signing Ajax’s latest Champions League star

17 April 2019

The best Champions League story for years produced another memorable chapter last night as a young and thrilling Ajax team deservedly knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus to reach the semi-finals.

Juventus shares were down 17.7 percent at 1.39 euros at 0730 GMT after plunging almost 21 percent when trading in Milan began.

Matthijs de Ligt grabbed the victor as Ajax stunned Juventus to triumph 2-1 in the Allianz Stadium and book a place in the Champions League semi finals for the first time since 1997.

The defeat halted Ronaldo's bid for a sixth Champions League title.

A young Ajax team that included players who weren't born when either of the first Toy Story films were released.

Just like the game in Madrid, between them and Juventus, Ajax were the better side.

Having reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1997, Ajax will now meet either Tottenham or Manchester City for a place in the final.

Hakim Ziyech's long-range shot hit a defender and fell perfectly for Van de Beek who, unmarked and onside, slotted the ball calmly past Wojciech Szczesny, and then had to wait for another long VAR check before the goal was confirmed.

While there is no goal on the end of the sublime sequence of play, it is thrilling, spell-binding, and it condenses into less than 20 seconds the essence of what Ajax have brought to the Champions League this season.

This result follows two draws against Bayern Munich in the group stage, plus eliminating holders Real Madrid with a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu.

This win is even sweeter as they overcame Ronaldo to trounce Juventus.

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.

Allegri said he was prepared for "a hard match against a very impressive team".

"Cristiano increased our chances of winning the Champions League but football isn't math", Allegri added.

He has scored five goals this campaign, one against Manchester United and a hat-trick which rescued Juventus in the last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid, before returning from injury to score against Ajax.

But Ten Hag's side's incessant pressure paid off with 19-year-old skipper De Ligt towering above Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani to head home Lasse Schone's corner on 67 minutes.

Leicester keen on signing Ajax’s latest Champions League star