Ajax: De Jong cost €1 and the entire Juve-beating XI €50m

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With Cristiano Ronaldo failing to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed his thoughts on the Portuguese and his Italian club's elimination from the 2018/19 competition.

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 captain Matthijs de Ligt insists they "have no reason to fear any opponent" after knocking Juventus out of the Champions League.

But Juventus produced few late scares, even if an unsuccessful penalty appeal went to VAR again, as Ajax became the first Dutch side to reach the last four of the Champions League since 2005. Juventus were second best throughout a one-sided second half and were soundly beaten.

Napoli, Bayern Munich and Arsenal have all been linked with the Morocco worldwide.

Ajax will face either Tottenham or Manchester City in the Champions League semis.

"We were missing four or five players tonight".

"His way of playing fits us and I like it. Ajax are a training club that sells, but we have not had talks". In an interview before Christmas he revealed that scouting reports were provided for both the defender and his Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong who will play for Barcelona next season after signing a €75million deal in January.

But Ajax leveled six minutes later when Hakim Ziyech's mishit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek, who beat the offside trap to redirect it past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Staggering. Winning the Champions League remains hugely unlikely for Ajax with Barcelona and Liverpool still in the competition, but they deserve huge credit nonetheless.

Allegri said he was prepared for "a hard match against a very impressive team". "I've never seen a bag of money score a goal".

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. We had big expectations, but the Champions League is a odd competition.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview he knows what will happen with De Ligt in the summer "but now is not the moment to talk about it".

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