Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus FC at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on April 10, 2019.
However, with Napoli going through to the next round, Ajax had the chance to reclaim 11th spot for Netherlands if they achieved at least a draw in either leg against Juventus.
"We suffered after their goal because we were a bit shocked to concede immediately after the break but we defended well and finished the game better". Juventus almost won it when Douglas Costa hit the post in the 85th.
"Ronaldo proved once again he is a player of a different level", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the match.
Portugal star Ronaldo had returned to action following three weeks out after picking up an injury during the worldwide break.
The 34-year-old has scored five goals and registered two assists in eight games in the competition this season.
"It is not the result you hope for, but it is a result".
He said: "He's developing every time he plays". He was the first one to take the ball down and settle us.
Ajax certainly should have scored in the 25th minute when Dusan Tadic set up Donny van de Beek, but his shot went agonisingly wide.
"Barcelona was not Barcelona yesterday, I think United had one player that was responsible for that because I think Scott McTominay in midfield he was like what I used to call - but when I use this expression it's obviously in the total positive sense of the word".
The latter was kept largely quiet, but he was afforded too much time and space by the Ajax defence as he opened the scoring with the last act of the first half.
Portugal right-back João Cancelo clipped a superb ball into the box to meet the run of Ronaldo, who powered his header past Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.
However, David Neres curled home for the hosts at the beginning of the second period to leave the quarterfinal tie delicately poised at 1-1.
Ajax piled on the pressure at the Johan Cruyff Arena, going close on a number of occasions before Douglas Costa almost delivered a late sucker punch for Juve when he struck the woodwork.