Ajax are into the Champions League semi-finals after a sensational 2-1 win at Juventus. Michael Bell rates the Ajax players for their performance in Turin.

Andre Onana 7/10: Looked shaky early on and was nearly charged down by Emre Can. However, he improved just like Ajax did as the game went on. Could do nothing with the goal and was calm and reassuring in the second half.

Joel Veltman 7.5/10: Started up against Ronaldo and set the tone with an early strong challenge. Was never really troubled. Would have probably cleared the opening goal but was pushed over by De Ligt.

Noussair Mazraoui N/A: Had to go off injured early on after an ankle problem.

Matthijs de Ligt 8.5/10: Apart from one moment that led to the Juventus goal, De Ligt was excellent. Kept Ronaldo, Dybala and Kean quiet throughout and scored the winning goal! What a captains performance!

Daley Blind 9/10: What a performance from Blind. Barely put a foot wrong all game and made several key challenges and blocks. A cool calm head at the back.

Lasse Schone 7/10: Solid throughout but not spectacular. Was very energetic and gave Juventus little time or space.

Frenkie de Jong 8/10: What a player he is. Even when he isn’t fully fit he can boss a midfield. Was a little careless early on but after the break he was excellent. Snapped into challenges and got Ajax moving forward.

Donny van de Beek 9.5/10: Should have put Ajax ahead before he netted the equaliser but that was the only mark on a terrific all round performance. Excellent linking the ball around the box and even helped out at the back. One of his finest performances so far.

David Neres: 7.5/10 Caused the Juventus defence problems with his running and trickery but didn’t get as involved as he usually does. Was at times isolated up front and he missed a great chance to make it 3-1.

Hakim Ziyech 7.5/10: Influential but also wasteful. His deflected shot led to the equaliser but he also wasted some good opportunities with a poor pass or an attempted shot. Scored a beauty late on but was marginally offside. He is a spark that makes Ajax different but can be frustrating sometimes.

Dusan Tadic 8/10: He may not have been Ajax’s most dangerous player but the work he put in was exceptional. His running, flicks and touches around the box were key and after Ajax took the lead he won several fouls after holding the ball up. An important performance.

Substitutes

Daley Sinkgraven 7.5/10: Wouldn’t have expected to come on for Mazraoui so early and he looked nervy early on but he grew into the game. Barely put a foot wrong in the second half before he was substituted late on.

Lisandro Magallan N/A: Not on long enough for a rating

Klaas Jan Huntelaar N/A: Not on long enough for a rating




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