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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Outplayed Ajax Stuns Atletico, 3-2

MADRID, Spain -- Four-time European champion Ajax earned a semifinal showdown with the Juventus side that deprived it of a fifth title last season by beating Atletico Madrid 3-2 in an epic quarterfinal match.


Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United both completed their expected quarterfinal victories and will meet in the other semifinal.


Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was the hero for the Dutch in the 4-3 aggregate win after salvaging extra time with a 75th-minute penalty save.


Atletico faced an uphill battle, needing to score twice, after Ajax substitute striker Dani scored a superb goal in extra time, and despite pulling one back went down to a last-gasp effort from Tijani Babangida.


Ajax coach Louis van Gaal admitted that the Spaniards had at times outplayed his side after starting poorly.


"We should have gone 2-0 up in the first half-hour," said Van Gaal, who had warned before the game of the danger posed by Spanish international striker Kiko.


Kiko fulfilled Van Gaal's predictions with a spirited performance and put his side ahead in the 29th minute with a powerful shot after Carlos Aguilera found space down the right.


Moments later Atletico missed a chance to go further ahead when Diego Simeone brushed the post from close range after a mix-up at the corner.


The home side could also count itself unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty just before half time when Delfi Geli appeared to be brought down by van der Sar.


The Dutch hit straight back after the break when a defensive muddle gave Jari Litmanen time to cross to an unmarked Ronald de Boer, who headed the equalizer, which slipped through the hands of Atletico keeper Jose Molina.


Kiko seemed to have rounded off a fine game with less than 15 minutes on the clock when his neat turn forced substitute defender John Veldman into a rash challenge and the referee pointed to the spot.


But Van der Sar completed a miserable evening for Esnaider by diving to his right to save the Argentine's penalty.


Dani seemed to have sewn up the match for Ajax with his superb long-distance strike midway through the first period of extra time.


However, there was more in store in an action-packed final 20 minutes. Atletico replied swiftly when the unfortunate Veldman handled the ball during a tussle in the area, and Pantic's firmly struck penalty just beat the diving Van der Sar.


With Ajax set to progress on the away goals rule, Atletico threw everything forward, and Radek Bejbl and Pantic went close in a frantic finale.


With so many committed to attack, Babangida and Dani combined to leave the Nigerian free to calmly lift the ball over Molina to settle the matter.


Defending champion Juventus swept aside Norwegian outsiders Rosenborg 2-0 on Wednesday.


The straightforward quarterfinal second-leg win, which earned a 3-1 aggregate victory, came courtesy of a gift goal in the first half and a penalty in the dying seconds.


Zinedine Zidane got Juventus under way after 29 minutes and the French international midfielder could hardly have had an easier chance.


Rosenborg goalkeeper Joern Jamtfall mis-hit a clearance that skewed straight at Zidane, just outside the area, who hit it straight back into the empty net.


Zidane, asked if he had actually hit the ball or just let it effortlessly rebound off his right leg, was adamant that he deserved fuller credit than many were giving him. "I saw it coming and I put my foot out," he said.


Nicola Amoruso scored the second, a last minute penalty, after Attilio Lombardo was felled.


A powerful 59th minute shot from midfielder Lars Ricken gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Auxerre.


Borussia, 3-1 up from the first leg of the quarterfinal match, resisted Auxerre pressure in the first half of the second leg on French soil before finding the opening.


Midfielder Ricken was set up by a pass from striker Stephane Chapuisat and seized his chance from 25 meters. His shot took a deflection off Auxerre midfielder Philippe Violeau's leg and left French keeper Lionel Charbonnier helpless.


Manchester United reached the semifinals with a 4-0 aggregate win over Porto.


The second leg in Porto ended in a 0-0 draw after United had crushed the Portuguese champion by four clear goals at Old Trafford two weeks ago.


Several Manchester United fans were taken to the hospital Wednesday when police opened fire with rubber bullets during clashes after the match, ambulance officials said.


At least one of the fans had a rubber bullet lodged in his head and six others also suffered rubber bullet wounds after police fired to prevent them leaving the ground before the end of the game.