The expected UEFA champions league final clash between two football gods Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will at least wait for another year.
While Messi scored a brace on Tuesday night to help Barcelona crush Manchester United 3-0, Juventus only goal came from Ronaldo himself but was not enough to see his team through after the young Ajax squad came out victorious with a 2-1 win. Barca entered Tuesday’s second leg match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense
Philippe Coutinho also got on the score sheet with a classic strike, his best performance so far this season. The Spanish champions will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semifinals of the competition. In Turin, Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1997.
Ronaldo’s fifth knockout-round goal for Juventus had given the Serie A giants the lead, but Ajax came from behind through Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt to deservedly progress through. The Dutch champions have now successfully knocked out two big title favorites, Real Madrid and Juventus and will be facing either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals