UCL Quarter-Final Second Leg: Juventus vs Ajax; Barcelona vs Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had different experiences in their respective matches in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League. While Ronaldo’s Juventus side battled Ajax to a tie, Messi and Barcelona scored a win over Manchester United.
Nitrogen Sports Blog paints the picture of what lies ahead for Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, and Barcelona in the second leg of the quarterfinals.
When is UCL Quarterfinal second-round leg?
The second-leg matches for Porto vs. Liverpool and Manchester City vs. Tottenham are set to be played on Apr.17. While Ajax vs. Juventus and Manchester United vs. Barcelona will be on Apr. 16.
Only 90 minutes stand in the way of the last eight teams and the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Juventus vs Ajax
(1-1 on aggregate)
Juventus and Ajax fought to a stalemate in the first leg of their quarter-final match. Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to bag an important away goal with a diving header for Juve, but Ajax were able to get an equaliser through David Neres early in the second half.
Ronaldo’s header was the 125th Champions League goal of his illustrious career.
The return leg is poised to be a tense affair, but Ajax have shown no fear as they battle with Europe’s elite on an even footing. They head to Turin to face The Old Lady on Tuesday, having dominated the first leg for large spells of the game.
It’s worth mentioning that Juventus have only lost four games in Europe in the last 15 years, but it’s still too close to call.
Barcelona vs Man United
(1-0 on aggregate)
It was far from the walkover some expected, but Barcelona were still able to grind out a 1-0 win at Old Trafford under little pressure from the home side.
Luis Suarez’s first-half header was incorrectly flagged for offside before VAR declared it to be an own goal via Luke Shaw’s shoulder.
Shaw picked up a yellow soon after, ruling him out of the second leg after a foul on Lionel Messi. The Argentine striker also suffered a facial injury in a heavy clash with Chris Smalling, but he’s set to return in time for the second leg at Camp Nou.
Manchester United struggled to produce anything of note as they toiled in the shadows of their Catalan counterparts, but they’re still in the tie heading into the second leg.
Barcelona were far from their free-flowing pinnacle, but they were noticeably better than the Red Devils.
Messi and Suarez are likely to make the difference again, but United always have the combined talents of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial to rely on whenever the team needs something to get done.
The UCL Quarter-finals 1st leg had its moments, but we’re far from certainly knowing which teams will advance to the semifinals. With one more leg to finish in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, the competition is definitely far from done.
In any case, Nitrogen Sports will roll out more sports betting guide pieces moving forward until one team is left standing.