Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Erik Ten Hag: Ajax Will Never Man-Mark Ronaldo

Erik Ten Hag: Ajax Will Never Man-Mark Ronaldo

Ajax's 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the victor from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996/97.

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

Ajax made it to their first Champions League semifinal since 1997 on Tuesday, beating Juventus 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

"I can't describe what kind of emotion we have at the moment", De Ligt told BT Sport 3 after Ajax had added Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus to their list of Champions League victims, having previously eliminated holders Real Madrid.

The Amsterdam club's entire wage bill is €4 million ($4.5 million) less than what Ronaldo earns before tax at Juventus. The club have already shown they are willing to spend heavily for a top player who will improve the first team.

"Being able to beat Real Madrid was a remarkable achievement and hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to have another memorable match", he warned.


Juventus had been looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in the past five seasons. "There were three football pitches on the campsite, and there were always tournaments organized for us to play in during the evenings".

Teenage centre-back De Ligt struck midway through the second period, though, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a last-four clash with either Manchester City or Tottenham.

Ajax last lifted the trophy in 1995 with a young, homegrown squad that contained future superstars like Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert.

"Win the Champions League?".

Twenty years ago at Barcelona's stadium, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed one of the most memorable comebacks in football history when he scored the English team's second injury-time goal to stun Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. Dominant in the air and extraordinarily strong in the tackle, De Ligt is confident when distributing the ball.

"We've scored goals at the Nou Camp before from corners and crosses. we can do it, no doubt about it".

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