Ajax makes Champions League history with run to semis

Having begun its campaign against Sturm Graz in July, Ajax made history as it reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Matthijs de Ligt has shone in Ajax's Champions League run   -  Getty Images

Ajax has become the first Champions League team to come through three qualifying rounds and reach the semi-finals after dumping Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus out.

The Dutch giant has lit up Europe's elite club competition this season in a sensational run, eliminating defending champion Real Madrid and now the Bianconeri with two stunning second-leg wins away from home.

Yet Ajax's campaign began back in late July, after it finished second in the Eredivisie last term, and no equivalent side in Champions League history can match its progression to this stage.

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Ajax has played Sturm Graz, Standard Liege, Dynamo Kiev, AEK Athens, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Madrid and now Juve en route to a last-four meeting with either Manchester City or Tottenham.

A towering header from captain Matthijs de Ligt sealed a 2-1 win in Turin for the four-time European champion with a 3-2 aggregate score.

The Netherlands centre-back is just 19 years and 246 days old and became the youngest player to score in the knockout stages of the Champions League since 1996.

The player on that occasion was also an Ajax youngster, with Nordin Wooter - aged 19 years and 237 days - netting against Panathinaikos.

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