Juventus end Barcelona's stunning Camp Nou streak — UEFA CL

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

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Their fans had hoped for another historic comeback, like when they left the world stunned after overturning a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat PSG 6-1 in the last 16 stage to qualify for the quarterfinal with a 6-5 aggregate win.

Captain Andres Iniesta refused to dwell on Barcelona's Champions League elimination as he turned his attention to Real Madrid and retaining the La Liga title. Marco Reus replied for the visitors two minutes after half-time. Messi shot wide himself after 18 minutes, the frustration clear on the face of the suited Luis Enrique.

DF Sergi Roberto, 5 - Couldn't cause much damage down the right was and unable to repeat his heroic strike against PSG despite an ambitious shot that fizzed over the bar. "We tried to do everything", added the coach, who will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. Kept trying to link up with Messi and came close to meeting the Argentine's pinged cross in the first half.

"This is another step for our growth and now every opponent will worry about facing Juventus". "We did very well defensively, less in attack because we failed to make the most of some very promising counter-attacks by missing some simple passes". Now, through their own profligacy and the parsimony of an unyielding opposition defence, they struggled to get one.

They were as courageous and aggressive as they were calm and disciplined with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini monumental at the heart of the defence. Cuadrado shot into the side netting a few minutes later. "But the support singing like that tonight deserves to be recorded. So, sadly, I will remember it for a long time".

"The players need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving", said Allegri.

"We created a lot of chances but nothing would go in, if it had, we would have been in the tie". It was a result that was very hard to turn around and it wasn't to be.

"Juve is a great team that knows how to defend perfectly". They are specialists in this. Overall, it was a dominant display of football from the French.

"Juventus is a great team and they were better than us", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.

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