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Champions League Roundup: Barça Put United To The Sword; Ajax Pull Off The Impossible, Again

Emeka Nnaike

Barcelona dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League in splendid style as they waltzed to a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou, which also saw them go through to the semifinals with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline.

After some early United pressure, Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 16th minute, fending off Smalling’s challenge with a shoulder feint before bending his effort past De Gea and into the net.

The Argentine was gifted a second four minutes later as David De Gea inexplicably allowed his weak shot squirm under his arms and into the net.

Philippe Coutinho added a stunning third in the 61st minute, curling in a long-ranger that left David De Gea flailing.

In the other quarter-final, Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus were dealt the knockout blow by an excellent Ajax who won 2-1 in Turin to record a 3-2 aggregate win.

Ronaldo had given Juve the lead on the night with a trademark header, but Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt scored either side of half-time to send the Eredivisie side through to the last four of the competition for the first time since 1997.

The Bianconeri had appeared on course to progress after Ronaldo, also on target in last week’s 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, nodded them ahead in contentious circumstances.

But Erik ten Hag’s thrilling young side took command thereafter, thoroughly outplaying the Italian side, and collected another high-profile scalp having already ended Real Madrid’s reign in the previous round.

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