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The quarter-finals of the Champions League : Cristiano Ronaldo hits, Juventus hopes

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have created a good starting position in the battle for the semi-finals of the Champions League. Messi won the Spanish champion FC Barcelona on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg at Manchester United 1:0 (1:0) and, therefore, has as good a chance of more to come as Ronaldo with Juventus Turin. The Italian Champion, secured thanks to the leadership goal of Ronaldo in a 1:1 (1:0) at Ajax Amsterdam Ajax Amsterdam. The return games will be held next Tuesday.

at Old Trafford, it was Messi himself who opened the opened the scoring early for the Catalans. The Argentine continued his assault colleague Luis Suarez in the spotlight and whose Header could distract United defender Luke Shaw is only into his own goal (12. Minute). Thus, the opportunities for the leaders of the Spanish League well, for the first time in 2015 to the semi-finals to collect. There is a duel with the Liverpool FC and their coach Jürgen Klopp is waving then, because the Reds are after the 2:0 against FC Porto is also close to the more to come.

riots in the run-up to the match in Amsterdam

Manchester, which had turned off in the first round to sensationalize the Paris Saint-Germain and coach Thomas Tuchel, is, however, a season without a title. The English record Champions don't beat themselves respectable, however, was in the Offensive compelling enough. Rarely, the German international goalkeeper Marc-André ter had to intervene webs. So it could give Manchester the next bitter K. o. against Barca. In 2009 and 2011, Messi and co. had triumphed in the Champions League final against United.

Juventus could rely once again on its 112-million-man Ronaldo. The Portuguese got his 125. The gate in the Premier class of the all-important opening goal in Amsterdam by plane-head to the ball (45.). The Italians had to fear until shortly before the game to use your goalgetter's because of a thigh injury. Sami Khedira, who had recently celebrated after heart surgery, his Comeback, came on as a substitute in the third Minute of added time at Juve.

Usual snappy. Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates his goal to 0:1 at Manchester United.Photo: Jon Super/AP/dpa

In the second round the Italians but were still under tremendous pressure. A few seconds inspired by the balance after the restart through David Neres (46.) Ajax urged young star Frenkie de Jong to score the second goal, though without success. However, Juventus should be warned: In the second round Ajax lost against the title holders Real Madrid, even the first leg at home, to then rotate in the Spanish capital the game.

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humiliates the game from the riots has been Overshadowed in the run-up. Nevertheless, the Dutch police arrested several dozen violent Italian rioters. The police used the information water cannons. (dpa)

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