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Juventus v Ajax Live Commentary & Result, 16/04/2019, UEFA Champions League


D. Sinkgraven

N. Mazraoui

11′ That change is now made and Sinkgraven is the man to replace Mazraoui at left-back.

9′ Mazraoui has gone down again off the ball and it looks like his night is already over. He must have pulled something when trying to reach the ball ahead of Dybala and will have to be replaced. 

7′ It could be bad news for Ajax as Mazraoui – standing in for the suspended Tagliafico at left-back – goes down after stretching for the ball and limps to the sidelines for treatment. He comes back on, although he still doesn’t look quite right.

5′ CHANCE! Onana takes his time clearing from a back-pass as Ronaldo charges him down and the goalkeeper’s attempted clearance comes back off the forward and behind for a goal-kick! The shot-stopper breathes a sigh of relief.

4′ BLOCK! The ball breaks kindly for De Sciglio and he takes a swing at it first-time from the right side of the box, but it’s deflected clear of goal! 

3′ It’s a cagey start to proceedings as Ajax keep a compact shape while Juventus probe for openings.

1′ We’re off at the Allianz Stadium! 

Juventus are unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Ajax in all competitions, the joint-longest such run for one side against another in European matches (also Bayern Munich vs Benfica).

Ajax have been eliminated on two of the three previous occasions they’ve drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie at home, most recently in the last 16 against Inter in the 2005-06 season. However, the Eredivisie leaders are unbeaten in their last four fixtures against Italian opposition (W2 D2). 

The tie is delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, with goals from Ronaldo and Neres either side of half-time. It was just the third time Juventus have drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout match away from home – they progressed against Rosenborg in the 1996-97 quarter-final, and were eliminated by Man Utd in the 1998-99 semi-final.

Ajax, however, do not have the luxury of a 20-point lead at the top of the table in their domestic league and rested just two players from the first leg as they demolished Excelsior 6-2 in the Eredivisie. Hat-trick hero Huntelaar finds himself back on the bench, while Schone and Veltman return to the line-up. Nicolas Tagliafico is suspended, meaning Mazraoui continues at full-back. Hassane Bande and Carel Eiting are long-term absentees.

Massimiliano Allegri makes nine changes to the much-changed Juventus side that suffered just a second Serie A defeat this season – a 2-1 loss against SPAL. Cancelo and Bentancur started in Amsterdam, but find themselves on the bench today as Can returns from injury and De Sciglio gets the nod at right-back, while Dybala replaces the injured Mario Mandzukic in attack. Giorgio Chiellini and Douglas Costa are also sidelined. 

Ajax substitutes: Dani de Wit, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Daley Sinkgraven, Lisandro Magallan, Kasper Dolberg, Bruno Varela, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

Ajax XI (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Joel Veltman, Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, Noussair Mazraoui; Lasse Schone, Frenkie de Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek, David Neres; Dusan Tadic

Juventus substitutes: Rodrigo Bentancur, Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira, Carlo Pinsoglio, Moise Kean, Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Spinazzola

Juventus XI (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro; Emre Can, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Federico Bernardeschi, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League quarter-final second leg clash between Juventus and Ajax at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.



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