Juve Dump Barca Out Of UCL To Book Semi-Final Spot


Luis Enrique's side lost 3-0 to Juve on aggregate in the quarter-finals after Wednesday's second leg at Camp Nou ended in a 0-0 draw.

However, Juventus are experts in defending a lead in Europe and despite Barca's best efforts in an intense 90 minutes even players of the quality of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were unable to break down Juventus' black and white wall.

The inclusion of Alba and Sergi Roberto, the unlikely hero with the 95th-minute goal that sent Barca through against PSG, is expected to see Enrique revert to a 4-3-3 formation.

"I think we made a great knockout".

FC Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, after losing 3-0 on aggregate to Serie A giants, Juventus.

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Yet Juve, as adventurous going forward as they were solid at the back, might have beaten the Spanish champions for the second time in a week.

At the other end, Higuain and Juan Cuadrado came close to breaking Barca hearts with a crucial away goal but lacked the required finishing to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona have a lot of positive team news ahead of their mammoth task against Juventus, with Sergio Busquets set to return after he was suspended for the first leg. Neymar should also get back into the starting 11 after he missed their La Liga clash over the weekend through suspension.

This was the tenth consecutive quarterfinal Barcelona plays in the Champions League and it came right before its Sunday Classico game with Real Madrid.

A brace from Paulo Dybala and a goal from Giorgio Chiellini put Juventus on the brink of a last-four place, but they would have been well aware of their opponents' comeback capabilities.

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Juventus full-back Dani Alves admits facing Barcelona at Camp Nou was "painful" but insists "you have to leave feelings aside". Sergi Roberto was Barca's unlikely hero with the 95th-minute goal that sealed the 6-1 win over PSG six weeks ago.

"Overall they were the better team and deserved to go through", he told BeIN Sports Spain.

Lionel Messi could have broken the deadlock after 19 minutes, but the Argentine somehow dragged his effort wide of the mark from inside the box.

Lionel Messi twice missed the target with gilt-edged opportunities in either half but in the end, Barcelona left themselves with too much of a mountain to climb after being humbled last week.

- Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has now kept 46 clean sheets in the Champions League.

They reach their seventh Champions League semifinal, the most of any Italian club, and matched AC Milan's Italian record of 12 European Cup semis.

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