Douglas Costa's perfect 'elastico nutmeg' during Ajax 1-1 Juventus

Douglas Costa skins Joel Veltman

Juventus proved last night that this Ajax team is certainly one to be feared.

While few were unaware of the Dutch team's talent after their 4-1 win away at Real Madrid, the Bianconeri are a totally different proposition this season compared to the Spanish giants.

With the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juve look undeniably strong and the Portuguese scored his 125th Champions League goal last night to open the scoring.

It was brilliant diving-header on the counter, but Ajax didn't let it get them down and they equalised just after the break courtesy of David Neres.

In truth, the Dutch team deserved the win, mustering six shots on target compared to Juve's one.

Ajax also dominated the ball with 64% possession, but could have lost 2-1 late on had it not been for the width of the post.

Second-half substitute Douglas Costa went on a mazy run before seeing his effort denied by the woodwork.

The Brazilian made quite an impact after coming on for Mario Mandzukic on 60 minutes, producing a truly wonderful piece of skill that was quickly all over social media.

'Elastico nutmegs' do not come more perfect than this. Poor Joel Veltman...



Okay, he may have lost the ball shortly after, but no one really seemed to mind.

Having Costa back will be a huge boost to Max Allegri's chances of scooping the Serie A and Champions League double.

Juve can seal the title with a win away at SPAL on the weekend and look on course to progress to the semi-final of the Champions League thanks to Ronaldo's away goal.

Costa's inclusion gives Juve a serious injection of pace, unpredictability and skill for the big games coming up, which has been missed in his absence.

Ronaldo celebrates his goal

With the Brazilian and Ronaldo on the wings, opposition full-backs will be pretty terrified.

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