85 mins: Ajax 1 Juventus 1
Douglas Costa! He's not done much, but he has beaten his man (Veltman I think?) with a magic bit of quick feet, the old soft shoe and he's away... surges forward, splendid sight, and he fires low and hard, beating the keeper.. BUT not the goalpost! It hits the woodwork and goes safe. Unlucky, Dougie.
65 mins: Ajax 1 Juventus 1
This Neres is a lovely lively eel of a fellow. He's down that left flank like a writhing sliding thing, far too nimble and spry for the Juventus heavy mob, into the box and then SCREEECH he puts the brakes on, has the presence of mind to cut it back... but it's not quite teed up and Tadic's effort goes wide.
Ziyech and Veltman have also had efforts. Dutchies are a-knockin'.
52 mins: Ajax 1 Juventus 1
Neres has the ball in the net, but you could tell he was offside from Rotterdam. Surely they should have blown up for that earlier? Anyway.
Dead ball situation, into the Ajax box. Bentancur hits the desk under the lightest of pushes from Tagliafico, who is certainly looking a candidate for a second or perhaps third yellow.
The Juventus players demand a VAR VAR VAR. Maybe they should be allowed one review per half or game, following the example of cricket and tennis? Anyway, the Great Video God In The Sky rules NO PENALTY. Would have been a softy, but also a giveabley.
GOAL! Ajax 1 Juventus 1 (Neres 46)
But David Neres has scored a stunner! Kick off. Played back to the keeper. Hit down the left. Full back Cavaco Cancelo is still thinking about his halftime smoke and a pancake, or whatever it is that they give you in Amsterdam, and he's just dreaming. Controls it, and pauses, and is robbed.
Neres drives forward, into the box, and smashes it! Goal!
Half time: Ajax 0 Juventus 1
Ajax bright, busy, sometimes brilliant - but did not convert their chances, and with Ronaldo in the opposition you are always leaving yourself vulnerable. The great man had a quiet half by his own standards, but has made the game's key intervention with that shapely head of his.
Shane O'Leary writes: "I'm torn. Obviously, we all want the young upstarts to win, but might it not be dangerous to thwart Terminator Ronnie and his undead chums?"
GOAL! Ajax 0 Juventus 1 (Ronaldo 45)
There it is, Cristiano Ronaldo's inter city 125. His side have been under the pump but this ageless genius can never be ignored. Juventus push forward, a João Cancelo cross comes in from the right and there is Ronaldo arriving at speed, he's lost his marker and he plants the head on it to. Keeper gets a touch but it's too powerful. 125 goals in the Champions League, say what you like about the guy but he is an absolute goal machine at the business end of the biggest competition in club football.
40 mins: Ajax 0 Juventus 0
Clear foul by Bentancur on Neres jsut outside the box, but the ref plays on. Eccentric decision. Tagliafico of Ajax lunges for the ball, brings down his man and goes into the book. He misses the next match. That's hard lines I think - booked when the game probably should already have been stopped!
30 mins: Ajax 0 Juventus 0
A mistake from Ajaz though! Veltman gives it away in midfield. Bentacur intercepts, carries it, and frees Bernardeschi, who is arriving like a steam train on the right. But here is Frenkie de Jong, arriving like a ... bullet? train... anyway, very quick. He produces a glorious covering tackle.
Ajax: Onana, Veltman, de Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico, Schone, De Jong, Ziyech, van de Beek, David Neres, Tadic. Subs: Bruno Varela, Kristensen, Sinkgraven, Huntelaar, Magallan, Dolberg, Ekkelenkamp.
Juventus: Szczesny, Joao Cancelo, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Ronaldo. Subs: Perin, De Sciglio, Khedira, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Kean, Spinazzola.
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro (Spain)
I see that Daniel Sturridge
has a music career or recording studio or record label now, judging from this BT Sport 3 feature.
He also has a little hat with 'Do The Sturridge' on it. Strong suggestion of the wally about young Daniel, I have always thought. Decent chap, certainly harmless, super player on his day but... a wally.
Oh yes, look.
Inside the Ajax talent factory
Nice piece here by Charlie Eccleshare about one of the most storied and envied player development programs in the world. It has allowed a club who have roughly the same spending might as Aston Villa to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Good evening all
Tyers here. How ya doing? Two potentially splendid football matches on tonight: this here being Ajax against Juventus, at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. The main question about that, perhaps, is will Cristiano Ronaldo start for Juventus against Ajax?
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says that he will 2as long as nothing happens. Cristiano has trained with the team and is available."
However, the Italian giants will have to do the business in Holland without the services of Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can, weakening them in defence and defensive midfield.
Ajax came through the last round with a sensational result, thumping mighty Real Madrid in their own back yard to overturn a first leg deficit. That was surely the tie of the year, and one of the best of all time.
So from one of Ronaldo's former clubs to his current employers. This likeable and talented Ajax side are certainly getting some heavy draws...
This match is a renewal of the 1996 Champions League Final. Juve and the Ajax of JariLitmanen, Edgar Davids, Kanu, the De Boers drew one-one (the mighty Finn scoring for the Dutch) and The White Feather for Juventus. Juve won on pens.