The world looked forward to this face-off between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of this year’s UEFA Champions League will not happen.
Messi was brilliant as he scored two goals on Tuesday night and helped Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0. However Ronaldo’s header was inadequate as Ajax stunned Juventus 3-1 in Turin. 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 scored the other goal that ensured that Barcelona progressed with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semifinals of the competition. In Turin, Ajax secured a semi-final ticket slot in the Champions League for the first time since 1997 with a 2-1 victory over Juventus, progressing through on a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
At first, Ronaldo’s fifth knockout-round goal in Juve colours had given the Italians the lead, but Ajax hit back through Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt to progress through. The Dutch champions sent off Ronaldo’s former club and defending champions Real Madrid and now prevented Juventus from making it to the semis. Ajax will face one of the all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.