Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Manchester United Urged To Sign De Ligt

Manchester United Urged To Sign De Ligt

Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giants either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate after dominating much of the game. In attack, Dusan Tadic rotates with the exciting David Neres and Donny van de Beek, whilst Hakim Ziyech's creative genius sees him pull the strings. They each hold numerous records in the competition, and over the last 13 seasons, nine of those Champions League finals have been won by one of the two.

Ronaldo headed Juventus into a 28th-minute lead with his 126th goal in the competition and his ninth in seven meetings against Ajax. As a result, Ronaldo is stuck on five Champions League titles, giving Messi a chance to tie him.

Emre Can may return after missing the first leg through injury but Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini were not named in the squad as they continue to get back to full fitness. "I hope we do, of course, but that's the way it goes".

Wojciech Szczęsny - making his 50th UEFA club competition appearance - made crucial saves from Ziyech and Van de Beek early in the second half but his resistance was finally broken by Matthijs de Ligt's towering header from Lasse Schöne's corner.

They also qualified for the Champions League semifinals for first time since 1997 with De Ligt scoring the winning goal as they knocked out Juventus in Turin.

"I am not thinking about the semi-final, I'm just enjoying this moment, as you never know how long it'll last". That's before ticketing and merchandising revenue, and greater leverage with commercial sponsors for a club that's earned a place back on global soccer's biggest stage.

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In the semi-final, Ajax will meet either the Abu Dhabi-backed millionaires of Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur - admittedly not in the same financial league as City, but still with access to the huge Premier League money pot.

"We played the first leg well, so we had confidence and also patience, which we needed to escape the Juve pressing in the first half".

"We have shown once again that we are very strong and that we can make it hard for large teams".

And the Dutch visitors held on, with Ronaldo unable to make a difference after his incredible hat-trick had pulled Juventus into the quarter-finals in the last-16 win over Atletico Madrid.

"That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve, the best, and everything is going to be complicated", the Daily Star quoted Messi.

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