Juventus take a draw and an away goal back to Italy

Ajax vs Juventus is the only Champions League quarter-final where the scores remain level after the first leg, with the Dutch side coming back to earn a 1-1 draw against the Italian champions.

A Cristiano Ronaldo header gave the Italians the lead, before the away goal was cancelled out by a second half David Neres goal.

The home side were vibrant and lively early on, with Hakim Ziyech proving particularly difficult to deal with as he almost found a way to goal on 18 minutes, only for Wojciech Szczesny to deny him with a fine save.

Confidence was high among the hosts, who moved the ball well without ever truly troubling a Juventus side who did appear comfortable with the play unfolding in front of them.

Donny van de Beek then spurned a big chance when he made room for himself inside the area and dragged his shot wide, with the misses while on top ultimately coming back to cost Ajax.

In the final minute of the first half, Juventus picked their perfect moment to pounce and hit the front when last 16 hero Ronaldo met compatriot Joao Cancelo’s cross to power a diving header past Andre Onana.

However, the home side deserve great credit for not allowing that strike to hinder them and instantly put it behind them with a leveller at the start of the second half.

Inside 30 seconds after the restart, Neres equalised when he punished Cancelo for losing possession by driving into the box and firing an unstoppable effort into the back of the net.

That instilled the confidence into the Dutch side’s play once more and they continued to probe, with Juve looking uncharacteristically uncomfortable as a result.

However, they remained resolute at the back and indeed almost nicked it in the closing stages when Douglas Costa drilled a fantastic strike off the post.

Yet Juventus ultimately settled for a draw and have the most marginal of advantages thanks to the away goals rule.