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WATCH: Ronaldo gives Juve halftime lead at Ajax

APTOPIX Netherlands Soccer Champions League

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side’s opening goal during the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


Ajax may’ve been the better team in Amsterdam on Wednesday, but one of the UEFA Champions League’s kings reminded the young Dutch side what control without goals means in the competition.

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Cristiano Ronaldo flew through the air to power a long Joao Cancelo cross past Andre Onana in the 45th minute of the UCL quarterfinal first leg at Johan Cruyff Arena.

The goal was shades of Ronaldo did against the USMNT in group stage of the 2014 World Cup, when CR7 was on the crossing end for Silvestre Varela’s header. A bit prettier, though.

Ajax will need to level the tie to feel any optimism about rolling into the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday for the second leg.

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