Cristiano Ronaldo's Record In The Latter Stages Of The UCL Is Insane

Cristiano Ronaldo's Record In The Latter Stages Of The UCL Is Insane

Douglas Costa nearly gave the visitors what, in truth, would have been an undeserved victor, but his solo effort struck Onana's left-hand post, leaving both sides to settle for a share of the spoils ahead of the return leg in Turin.

"Ronaldo proved once again he is a player of a different level", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the match.

"We are not anxious, we have great respect for Ajax but you have to be ready". I know focus can turn to games like ones at Old Trafford but we have to maintain our mental focus on the next game.

Ronaldo was returning from a two-week injury layoff.

Forwards Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa came off the bench at Ajax ahead of highly-rated teenager Moise Kean, who had scored five goals in as many games for Juventus.

Their spectacular comeback from a 2-1 first-leg home defeat to Real Madrid with a thumping 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the previous round showed that the tie is far from over.

"It is not the result you hope for, but it is a result".

But Ronaldo's relentless scoring rate - he scored at least 10 times in every season from 2011-12 to 2017-18 - saw the Portuguese open up his current lead.

Starting XI: Onana (6); Veltman (6), De Ligt (7), Blind (7), Tagliafico (7); Schone (6), De Jong (8*); Ziyech (8), Van De Beek (7), Neres (8); Tadic (7).

However, it was the Moroccan worldwide, Hakim Ziyech, who was the most prominent going forward in the first half - one curling effort in the 18th minute was heading for the top corner before being tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny.

Ronaldo headed home Joao Cancelo's cross on the stroke of half time to add to his tally as the competition's all-time top goalscorer.

Brazil worldwide David Neres scored on the other side of the break with a superb curling effort. However, despite exerted pressure after that, Ajax could not get a victor, and Costa almost delivered a late sucker punch when he struck the woodwork. They will have to do so without Nicolas Tagliafico, however, who will be suspended after picking up a caution in the first half.

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