Partying in the streets of Amsterdam as Ajax beat Juve
Ajax beat Juventus 2 – 1 Tuesday in Turin, securing their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in over 20 years. This is the ninth time in their history and the first since the 1996-97 season.
For the first part of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Juventus and a short time later, Donny van de Beek scored, tying the score. Captain Matthijs de Ligt’s goal was the matchwinner at the 67th minute for Ajax.
It should have been 1-4 or more for Ajax one thought when looking at the game.
"We are never satisfied."
"There's so much potential in this team, we are all still quite young and you see us grow every game."
You can see why Matthijs de Ligt is the captain of this Ajax team…
Cool, calm and collected after such a monumental for the club 👏 pic.twitter.com/841dbroMaQ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 16, 2019
Ajax will now face a game against the winner Manchester City and Tottenham’s quarter-final for a place in the final.
Ajax fans celebrated in Leidseplein, in the center of Amsterdam, several fans even lit torches and fireworks. The area was so busy that tram traffic was obstructed.
— AT5 (@AT5) April 16, 2019
— Felicia v/d Graaf (@feliciavdgraaf) April 16, 2019
What are newspapers saying about the Ajax victory?
As you would expect, newspapers all over the country are ecstatic with the win. Volkskrant says Ajax showed resilience and was “a fighting machine” leading to its unprecedented win. They say, “Ajax also showed the other side of football. Fighting. Sticking together. Never give up…”.
According to De Telegraaf, Ajax “created a mega stunt in Europe”. They say reaching the semi-finals is the perfect result “in times of millions of investments abroad, amounts that a Dutch club can only dream of”.
The Italian newspaper LaGazzetta dello Sport calls last night’s game a lesson. They say, “buying the best player in the world is of no use if he only scores. It is the game that improves the team, not a single player”.
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Feat pic: David Zock/Dirk-Jan Van den Berg (hope you guys had a blast!)