Barça Edge United, Ajax Come Back to Draw with Juve

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Barça Edge United, Ajax Come Back to Draw with Juve

Barcelona took a significant step towards the last four of the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their quarter-final.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Luis Suarez, who used to ply his trade at United rivals Liverpool, headed in a shot that deflected off Luke Shaw. Initially the goal was ruled out for offside, but after Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review, the goal was confirmed and officially deemed to be an own goal by Shaw.

Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona side then limited United to very few scoring opportunities and secured the 1-0 win at Old Trafford, ending a six-match winless run in Champions League knockout stage away matches. It was the first time since March 2005 that United failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League match.

Ajax keep semi-final hopes alive

Ajax came from behind to draw 1-1 with Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring with his first-half header.

Ronaldo's impressive goalscoring record in the Champions League continued as his header, which was directed in after Joao Cancelo's accurate cross, was his competition-leading 125th.

Brazil international David Neres scored on the other side of the break with a superb curling effort. It was the 22-year-old's seventh goal in his last eight matches for Ajax in all competitions.

The second leg matches from both ties will take place on Tuesday 16 April.

Source: FIFA