Football enthusiasts have resorted to social media to heap praise on Ajax after defeating Juventus 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the semi-final of the Uefa Champions League for the first time since 1997.
Donny van de Beek neutralised Cristiano Ronaldo's opener in the first half before Matthijs de Light scored the match-winning goal that propelled the visitors to the last-four stage with a 3-2 aggregate win in Turin.
Fans were particularly pleased by their doggedness and the team's collective display that helped them stun the Italian Serie A giants on their home ground.
THEY SAID AJAX BEAT MADRID BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE RONALDO!!!— Supreme Chief Ajasa Ndubisi Dawo (@SupremecheifAJ) April 16, 2019
AJAX ARE PURE BALLERS!!!!!👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/zig5dVmQKo
See Ajax 😭😭, ballers the team is beautiful organised football , intelligent and brave, but my own team 😭😭😭 they just play anywhere they are facing 😂😂😂— Ezeoke Kay (@Kay_Ezeoke) April 16, 2019
Ronaldo: I am signed to juve to win champions league just like I did at real— Otunba Sounditz🔌 (@Otunba_sounditz) April 16, 2019
Ajax: hold my beer.... pic.twitter.com/8lFhbGYCyg
The young will always overcome the old.— AURACOOL (@TWEETORACLE) April 16, 2019
And that's just what happened in Turin.
The young vibrant Ajax team overcame the Old lady at the Allianz stadium.
Nothing CR7 could do about that.#JUVAJA
Ajax Amsterdam! The youngsters tireless running, craft, guile and finishing have put the old lady to sleep. #JuveAjax— Ivan Dougan (@ivanlotti) April 16, 2019
Easy to say Ajax is the real deal now, but then they've faced an out-of-sorts Real Madrid and Juventus. Facing Man City or Tottenham would be the defining moment. Again they might pull through seeing that both English clubs have draining domestic challenges to deal with. #UCL— Olakunle FAYIGA (@kfayiga) April 16, 2019
Ajax!!! What a team!! Great set of players #UCL— IbkSports (@IbkSports) April 16, 2019
Ronaldo did what he had to do. Ajax were just better as a unit.— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) April 16, 2019
Major lesson from the Juventus vs Ajax match, "One tree cannot make a forest". Team win games, not individuals.— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) April 16, 2019
Look at Ajax— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) April 16, 2019
Doing the Business
Their most expensive player is Daley Blind
Compared to our coloured hair dabbing french man