Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ajax v Juventus: Dutch police arrest over 100 supporters before kick-off

Ajax v Juventus: Dutch police arrest over 100 supporters before kick-off

Wrapping up the Scudetto would allow them to focus primarily on the Champions League, a competition they have not won since 1996.

In between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final battle, Juventus will face SPAL in Serie A play with a chance to wrap up the league title.

Ronaldo's path to a fourth European trophy in as many seasons remains on a knife edge against a fearless Ajax who dumped Real out in the previous round after a thrilling 4-1 victory in Spain.

The home side continued to pose most of the questions but couldn't find a way through, and the Old Lady nearly snatched victory late on when substitute Douglas Costa's solo attempt came back off the post.

However, David Neres curled home for the hosts at the beginning of the second period to leave the quarterfinal tie delicately poised at 1-1.

Portugal star Ronaldo had returned to action following three weeks out after picking up an injury during the worldwide break.

Cristiano Ronaldo made a mascot's night by acknowledging him during the Champions League anthem before Juventus' clash with Ajax.

The second leg is scheduled for next Tuesday in Turin, with the victor to face Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.

Ronaldo was superb in the knock out stages scoring hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the second leg. This clearly shows they also have a fighting spirit inside them.

Amsterdam police said the water cannon was used to put out flares and fireworks "and prevent unsafe situations" as home fans were gathering outside the venue.

While Juventus are loaded with experienced players, one of their youngest players led the squad during Ronaldo's absence.

It was Ronaldo's 125th career goal in the Champions League.

Starting Joao Cancelo. The Juventus defender can, at times, look like a world-class talent, and other times he will just baffle you.

The Italian club's coach Massimiliano Allegri had confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo would be back for the game at the Johan Cruyff Arena after recovering from a thigh injury suffered playing for Portugal last month.

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