Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Paying the price: Juventus shares PLUNGE after Champions League exit to Ajax

Paying the price: Juventus shares PLUNGE after Champions League exit to Ajax

Shares in Italian club Juventus fell more than 17 percent in early trading on Wednesday after Cristiano Ronaldo's side were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax.

"Juventus are different to Real Madrid, we already discussed that before the first leg, as they have a different style of football".

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juve the lead just before halftime, while David Neres notched Ajax's goal on the other side of the break.

While he did deliver some magical performance for Turin-based club, he could not steer them to the semis of Champions League.

"We did it against Bayern Munich, against Real Madrid and now against Juventus".

"Everyone is going insane, Ajax are in the semi-final!"

The news comes after their side's elimination from the Champions League by Barcelona and another masterclass by the Dutch outfit as they defeated Juventus to make the semi-finals.

Ajax dumped Juventus out of the Champions League as a stunning 2-1 second-leg victory at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday completed a famous 3-2 quarter-final triumph. Up against one of the game's best strikers in Ronaldo and captain of a young, relatively inexperienced team playing in one of the toughest venues in Europe, he once again shone like a beacon. "Having said that, I am very happy and proud of the team and the whole staff".

"We will see who is coming to the semi-final and then we have to show the same".

It was the Portugal star's 126th Champions League goal and sixth of this campaign, having now scored in his past six European games against Ajax, netting nine goals in total.

"He's disappointed as we all are, but we can't be dragged down by this disappointment", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek leveled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the victor in the second half.

Daley Blind - 8 - Alongside De Ligt the duo were the pillars of consistency for Ajax this evening.

Ajax took complete control in the second half and their geometric passing repeatedly opened up the Juventus defence, which sorely missed injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

"In the last month we have been struggling with several injuries".

"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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