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17-04-2019 | 11:11 Football

Behind Ajax's historic UCL win over Juventus: Statistics you need to know

Ajax defeated Juventus to reach the semi-final of the Champions League with a 2-1 comeback win in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead after 28 minutes with a record 126th goal in the competition. But goals from Donny Van De Beek and Matthijs De Ligt gave Ajax a thoroughly deserved 3-2 aggregate success. A towering header from captain Matthijs de Ligt sealed a 2-1 win in Turin for the four-time European champions and a 3-2 aggregate success. The Netherlands centre-back is just 19 years and 246 days old and became the youngest player to score in the knockout stages of the Champions League since 1996. https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/status/1118251599070150656 Here are statistics on Ajax after crucial UCL semi-final qualification.
  • Ajax have qualified for the semi-finals of the European Cup/Champions League for the ninth time in their history, and the first since the 1996-97 season.
  • Ajax are the first team from outside the traditional top five European leagues to reach the Champions League semi-final since 2004-05, when fellow Dutch side PSV Eindhoven did so.
  • Juventus have lost two home games in a single European Cup/Champions League campaign for the first time in their history (1-2 v both Manchester United and Ajax).
  • Ajax have scored 155 goals this season across all competitions, their joint-most in a single season in club history (also 155 in 2009-10).
  • This was Ajax’s third consecutive away win in the Champions League; their longest such streak since between November 1995 and March 1997 (seven wins).
Besides the above mentioned statistics, there is one more important pint in this unbelievable win. Having begun their campaign against Sturm Graz in July, Ajax made history as they reached the Champions League semi-finals. According to statistics by OptaJoe, Ajax have become the first Champions League team to come through three qualifying rounds and reach the semi-finals after dumping Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus out. https://twitter.com/OptaJohan/status/1118256498579320832 The Dutch giants have lit up Europe’s elite club competition this season in a sensational run, eliminating defending champions Real Madrid and now the Bianconeri with two stunning second-leg wins away from home. Ajax will meet either Manchester City or Tottenham in their first Champions League semi-final for 22 years and many will consider them underdogs again.

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