Turin, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle.
The youth-filled Ajax team knocked off another one of Europe's giants on Tuesday, beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 1997. It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo has failed to reach the last four, having won the competition the last three years in a row with Madrid.
"He's disappointed as we all are, but we can't be dragged down by this disappointment," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Juventus signed Ronaldo in the offseason in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League but one goal from the Portugal star wasn't enough against the Dutch team, which erased a first-half deficit and largely dominated the final 45 minutes.
"Cristiano increased our chances of winning the Champions League but football isn't math," Allegri added. "It's not one plus one equals two, but one plus one can equal three, four, zero."
Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giant either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
"It's an unforgettable night for Ajax, we eliminated one of the favorites for the competition," Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. "We played with confidence and patience. With our footballing philosophy we can go beyond expectation, we have once again surpassed our limits. It's very difficult to play against us and our philosophy."
Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek leveled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the winner in the second half.
Ajax will play either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.
Ronaldo's old rival Lionel Messi is very much in contention, though, after scoring two goals to help Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0 and progress 4-0 on aggregate in Tuesday's other quarterfinal.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid to almost single-handedly overturn a two-goal deficit, and had also found the back of the net in Amsterdam. The 34-year-old Portugal forward added his fifth goal in three Champions League matches in the 28th minute on Tuesday, heading in a Miralem Pjanic corner.
But Ajax leveled six minutes later when Hakim Ziyech's mishit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek, who beat the offside trap to redirect it past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Ajax grew in confidence in the second half and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Szczesny making a couple of stellar saves to keep the game level. But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found its breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner.
It could have been worse for Juventus as Ziyech had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.
Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – Uttar Baridhara Club and Motijheel T&T Club won their respective matches in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Tuesday.
Uttar Baridhara Club beat Bangladesh Police AC by 1-0 goal scored by Shamim in the 63rd minute.
Motijheel T&T Club defeated Soccer Club, Feni also by the same margin. Salim scored the match-winner for T&T Club in the 45th minute.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) - India’s Minerva Punjab booters participated in a practice session on Tuesday evening at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Dhaka. The Indian side sweated it out for about 2 hours ahead of their group E football match against Dhaka Abahani Ltd on Wednesday at BNS here.
The practice session consisted of several drills -- dribbling, turning, crossing, heading and shooting. Head coach of Minerva Punjab Sachin Badadhe said they are fully prepared to meet their Bangladeshi counterpart. “Abahani are a very good team. We’re prepared for them,” he said.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) — Right-handed middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain says representing Bangladesh on the biggest cricketing event has been his lifelong dream.
“It was my dream to play the World Cup. I’m in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad. It’s like a dream come true for me,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
He has been included in Tigers’ 15-member squad. Mosaddek said he was pleasantly surprised when he got the call from the cricket board.
He started playing for the national team in 2016. Since then, he has played 24 ODIs, eight T20 Internationals and two Tests but failed to cement his place in the team.
Mosaddek said he tried his best to do well for the national team. In the ODIs, he scored 341 runs at an average of 31 with the best score of an unbeaten 50. However, in List-A cricket, he is currently one of the best batsmen in Bangladesh.
He is also an off-spinner, a quality that caught the selectors’ eyes.
“Mosaddek played well in domestic cricket. At the same time, he is able to bowl off-spin,” chief selector Minhazul Abedin told reporters.
“Since Mahmudullah Riyad is still uncertain to bowl due to a shoulder injury, we wanted an off-spinning all-rounder, and this is why we included Mosaddek.”
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) — Uttara Sporting Club managed to live up to the expectation in their first relegation league match of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League crushing Brothers Union Club by 188 runs at BKSP ground in Savar on Tuesday.
Brothers won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Sent into bat first, UttaraSC posted a huge total of 313 for 6 wickets in 50 overs riding on a century by Shanaj Ahmed, who scored 114 runs off 106 balls, featuring 12 fours and two sixes.
Apart from Shanaj, Anisul Islam Emon and Mohimenul Khan scored 64 and 66 runs respectively for Uttara SC.
Bishawnath Halder bagged three wickets while Mohammad Shahzad took two wickets for Brothers.
In reply, Brothers Union tumbled for 125 all-out in 29.2 overs to lose the match by huge 188 runs. Zahiduzzaman was the best among Brothers batsman scoring 42 while JunaidSiddique posted 27 runs.
Right-arm spinner Mohimenul Khan bagged Uttara SC five wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs while SajjadHossain took three wickets.