Champions League: Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Barcelona have work to do at the Camp Nou, as they bid to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit.

Messi missed a golden opportunity to put Barca ahead in the 19th minute when Luis Suarez directed the ball into the path of the Argentine superstar who uncharacteristically pulled his left-foot shot wide of the goal from the middle of the area.

Juventus also had the first big chance of the second half as Cuadrado fired across Ter Stegen but wide of the far post, reports Sport24.

The semi-final line-up is now complete with holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Juventus going into Friday's draw.

The only miracle seen in Barcelona this time was Juventus not getting a late goal, with the Spanish side barely having the legs to recover when defending. With Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci enormous in front of the evergreen Gianluigi Buffon there was no way through.

All three had chances before the interval.

Barcelona kept on trying, with Messi again going close and Sergi Roberto shooting just wide as to their enormous credit Barcelona kept on pushing for a miracle which looked increasingly unlikely with every passing minute. 3-0 will take it to extra-time, 4-0 would be ideal, but just one Juve goal would leave Barca needing five. "The team defended very solidly tonight".

"That the fans were still singing needs to be remembered".

Luis Enrique even threw Gerard Pique into attack for the final stages but Barca were out of ideas and Juve joyously celebrated a famous victory when the full-time whistle arrived. But only five shots, indicated by the green arrows, were on target across the 180 minutes.

After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003/04 to 2013/14, Juventus now have the chance to make the semis for the second time in the last three seasons (after 2014/15).

They had 19 shots on the night - yet only one on target as Juve avenged their defeat against the same opponents in the 2015 final. The Brazilian said that he has a lot of respect for Barcelona but knows his new team can still cause them a lot of trouble.

Juventus were exceptional in every department but their defensive performance was outstanding.

Barcelona have reached the quarter-finals for the 10th consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the Champions League. Only Iker Casillas (54), Edwin van der Sar (50) and Petr Cech (47) have more.

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