Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to score his 125th Champions League goal but Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by impressive Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final in Amsterdam.

Ronaldo put Juventus in front on the stroke of half-time with a diving header to take his record goal tally in the competition to 125, only for Brazilian winger David Neres to level nearly immediately after half-time to put the tie on a knife edge ahead of next week's return leg in Turin.

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus FC at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on April 10, 2019. Massimiliano Allegri's side, though, will be well aware of what can happen should they underestimate what Ajax are capable of on the road - just ask Real Madrid.

"Ajax have great quality". After their goal we settled and played well.

Ronaldo was making his first appearance since suffering a thigh injury playing for Portugal last month - it was his first game for Juventus since netting the hat-trick that dumped out Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

"Yeah, we spoke after", Smalling said.

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Starting XI: Onana (6); Veltman (6), De Ligt (7), Blind (7), Tagliafico (7); Schone (6), De Jong (8*); Ziyech (8), Van De Beek (7), Neres (8); Tadic (7).

The visitors had the first attempt on goal when Federico Bernardeschi sent a strong effort over the bar in the second minute, but Ajax had most of the better chances for the rest of the first half.

Ronaldo collected a pass from the elegant Rodrigo Bentancur, spread the play to Joao Cancelo and then ran unhindered in a straight line into the box to head home his compatriot's perfectly flighted cross.

Ronaldo scored Juve's goal, provided by Cancelo, but the defender later lost possession ahead of the Dutch side's equaliser as the tie remains in the balance.

"He is a player who just has a different technique than the others".

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