'Everything's gonna be alright' - dream still alive for Ajax against Juve

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Who else but Ronaldo in the Champions League?

Cristiano Ronaldo debuted his new golden hairdo with a diving header to earn Juventus a precious away goal against Ajax in a 1-1 draw in the Champions League quarter-final first leg but the Italian press warned on Thursday the young Dutch team remain risky after eliminating three-time holders Real Madrid.

Although it was Cristiano Ronaldo that scored Juventus' goal, Federico Bernarderschi was their main threat in the first half, with his direct running causing problems for Ajax on the counter.

A second half goal from David Neres earned Ajax a more than deserved 1-1 draw against the Old Lady, meaning Netherlands have now confirmed 11th spot in the coefficient list.

Messi was left battered and bloody after an aerial challenge with United defender Smalling during the game at Old Trafford on Wednesday, won 1-0 by the Catalan club courtesy of a Luis Suarez header deflected off Luke Shaw and into his own net. "They play more attacking and aggressive, but we'll see what happens in the second leg". It was the first time since March 2005 that United failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League match.

"Ajax have great quality". Juventus almost won it when Douglas Costa hit the post in the 85th. Barcelona have advanced in 40 out of the last 42 times after winning the first leg away from home.

Barcelona took a significant step towards the last four of the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their quarter-final.

The match was marred by fan clashes ahead of the game.

Earlier, police said that they had detained dozens of Italians suspected of possessing flares, a knife, pepper spray and fireworks.

Lionel Messi is 17 goals behind the former Real Madrid forward, while the next active player, Karim Benzema, trails Ronaldo by a whopping 65 goals.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says Ronaldo's won't play at relegation-threatened Spal. We were too quick to give the ball away.

The Spanish champions ended their six-game winless run on the road in European knockout.

The home side were not behind long, equalising within 30 seconds of the second half.

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