Champions League: "Ronaldo on a different level" - Juventus coach Allegri

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Ronaldo returned from injury to score a precious away goal for Juventus in their 1-1 Champions League quarter-final, first leg draw in Amsterdam on Wednesday, and the 34-year-old can claim his first Italian league title to add to his two in Spain with Real Madrid and three with Manchester United.

Ronaldo has been allowed to make the present era of the competition his own personal plaything but on a crisp, spring evening in the Dutch capital he found the future much less malleable.

However, with Napoli going through to the next round, Ajax had the chance to reclaim 11th spot for Netherlands if they achieved at least a draw in either leg against Juventus. I know focus can turn to games like ones at Old Trafford but we have to maintain our mental focus on the next game.

Despite that, it is Juventus - for whom substitute Douglas Costa struck a post late on - who hold the upper hand heading into next Tuesday's return in Turin, with the winners of this tie facing Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.

"Once again Ronaldo proved to be on a different level", said Allegri.

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"It is not the result you hope for, but it is a result".

The club were anxious to have the issue settled by the end of the month, with his existing contract due to expire in June 2020, but there have been no further public developments since that time.

Starting XI: Onana (6); Veltman (6), De Ligt (7), Blind (7), Tagliafico (7); Schone (6), De Jong (8*); Ziyech (8), Van De Beek (7), Neres (8); Tadic (7). "I think United had one player that was responsible for that because I think Scott McTominay in midfield he was like what I used to call - but when I use this expression it's obviously in the total positive sense of the word". He was the first one to take the ball down and settle us.

Ronaldo's impressive goalscoring record in the Champions League continued as his header, which was directed in after Joao Cancelo's accurate cross, was his competition-leading 125th. Just as quickly as the second half can get started, Ajax goes and gets their equalizer. They will have to do so without Nicolas Tagliafico, however, who will be suspended after picking up a caution in the first half.

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