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Barcelona 0-0 Juventus: Luis Enrique's side out of the Champions League as Juve reach semi-finals

Barcelona are out of the Champions League after they failed to score against Juventus at Camp Nou.

Barcelona could not conjure another famous Champions League revival after Juve held firm to secure their semi-final place thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory.

The Catalan giants hit back from a 4-0 last-16 first-leg deficit to down Paris St Germain six weeks ago and they needed a comeback of similarly epic proportions at the Nou Camp on Wednesday after shipping three goals in Turin.

But the Italian champions proved a more resolute prospect and a determined defensive showing in this quarter-final second leg secured a goalless draw.

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.

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.

Having been down and out against PSG, Barcelona produced one of the best attacking displays the competition has ever seen to triumph 6-5 on aggregate last month.

But Juve, who had conceded only two goals in nine Champions League matches this season before Wednesday night, proved far more disciplined at the back.

They served notice they would not be content to simply sit back as Gonzalo Higuain lashed over after the ball had rebounded back into his path from Sergio Busquets' attempted interception.

Juan Cuadrado then saw his overhead volley go over in an enterprising start for the visitors but Barcelona gradually started to gain a foothold of proceedings, pushing plenty of numbers forward.

They should have gone ahead in the 19th minute when a cross took a touch off Luis Suarez and rolled perfectly into the path of the oncoming Messi but he could only put his effort wide from 12 yards.

It was a significant let-off for Juventus and they were forced to sit deep as Barca continued to create chances with Neymar and then Sergi Roberto - their matchwinner against PSG - volleying over.

But Barcelona were being given precious little space in the final third and although Messi finally tested Gianluigi Buffon, who parried away the deflected effort, Juventus rarely looked overexerted.

Indeed, they perhaps should have gone ahead at the interval but Higuain could not direct Miralem Pjanic's lob past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The hosts ended the half in a foul mood after Neymar was booked for an impetuous barge on Pjanic, whose aerial challenge on Messi seconds earlier led to the Argentinian faceplanting the floor.

Their mood nearly worsened just after the interval but Cuadrado, in acres of space on the right, dragged his strike across goal while at the other end Messi cut onto his left foot and fired just wide of Buffon's right hand post.

A fourth Barcelona forward in Paco Alcacer was introduced just before the hour mark as boss Luis Enrique went for broke.

And Juventus were given another warning in the 67th minute when the luckless Messi volleyed over with Buffon in no man's land after failing to cut out a corner, with Barcelona, by this point, dominating possession and territory.

Neymar's cross just evaded the touch of substitute Javier Mascherano but Buffon still needed to get down quickly to push to safety and slowly Barcelona began to run out of steam.

They had scored three times in the final seven minutes against PSG but there was no hint of anything similar this time as Juventus cruised into the last four.

Dybala v Messi

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala outshone his countryman Lionel Messi when scoring twice as Barcelona lost 3-0 in Turin last week.

But the older Argentinian had an opportunity to make amends against Juve and show up his young rival when the teams reunited at the Nou Camp for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final.

Here, we determine which man put in the better performance during the goalless second leg.


Dybala was the star man at Juventus Stadium, with his first-half brace bewildering Barca while the usually prolific Messi found himself reduced to long shots by the imposing Bianconeri back-line.

But the diminutive striker from Rosario looked much livelier back at home, worrying Gianluigi Buffon by toe-poking past a post before the break and, after the restart, thrashing over from a one-two.

Messi turned it up in the second half, stinging Buffon's palms and hooking over as the Catalans desperately sought a breakthrough.

When the game entered its final 20 minutes, Dybala got a rare sight of goal, curling just wide of the mark. He then bowed out when defender Andrea Barzagli replaced him for the last-stand shutout.


Juve's game plan appeared to be more centred around supporting Gonzalo Higuain, another Argentinian, and in the beginning Dybala did well to provide him with some incisive passes, also helping Juan Cuadrado burst into the box on the overlap at regular intervals.

However, Sergio Busquets largely managed to subdue the Cordoba-born player before he could burst through from midfield and Samuel Umtiti was an immovable object in the Barca defence.

Messi was his usual all-action self, setting up Neymar and Luis Suarez for attempts on goal when he was not taking aim himself, although it was clear he was more determined to notch than assist.


Dybala drew the ire of referee Bjorn Kuipers when asking for an opponent to be booked and he was later caught feigning injury as he sprang from a prostrate position to take the ball and rush at goal.

While his strike partner Neymar earned a yellow card just before the break, Messi, who suffered a cut face when he clattered the ground after challenging for a high ball, stayed out of trouble.


Messi was unable to score or help lead Barca to the mammoth comeback they required to reach the semi-finals, but he was an ever-present threat while Dybala seemed overwhelmed by the occasion.

Match preview

Luis Enrique targets another Champions League comeback

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is optimistic his side can pull off another stunning comeback to advance in the Champions League.

The Catalan side looked down and out after losing the first leg of their last-16 tie 4-0 against Paris St Germain in February, but produced a remarkable 6-1 second-leg triumph last month to reach the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

They gave themselves another mountain to climb as they suffered a crushing 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin last Tuesday in the first leg of the last-eight meeting, but Enrique has warned Barca should not be written off just yet.

"We will try right until the end," he said at his pre-match press conference, quoted on, ahead of Wednesday's second leg. "Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy a historic evening. Right until the 95th minute, we have to be united.

"We have to get the fans involved in our game and our intensity. We need Camp Nou to bounce to experience another special evening.

"Many results at home and the recent comeback against PSG are statistics that invite optimism. We have to create a collective crazy atmosphere so our players can perform at their best.

"We need to intimidate a team like Juventus to the maximum. If we score the first goal, Camp Nou will get the second and the third will come by itself."

Paulo Dybala struck twice in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added a rare third after the break as Juve claimed a commanding advantage.

Enrique expects the visitors will create more chances to score on Wednesday, so says Barca's approach must be to aim to score five goals.

"The key will be to clinical in front of goal, create chances to dent our rivals' confidence... calm the emotions of our players and attack, attack and keep attacking," he said.

"Our goal is to score five goals."

Javier Mascherano (calf), Arda Turan (groin) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) all trained with the squad on Tuesday morning, while Sergio Busquets is available after missing the first leg through suspension.

"Mascherano's recovery is good news," Enrique said. "He is in perfect shape and will be available for (Wednesday).

"Recovering Busi is always great news. He is one of the most tactically intelligent players there is and a key member for us. The more he can do, the better for us."

Juve's former Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves made his side slight favourites to reach the semi-finals, but was taking nothing for granted.

Appearing at a pre-match press conference alongside coach Massimiliano Allegri on Tuesday evening, the Brazilian said: "I'm happy to be at the Camp Nou. It's a weird feeling being back. This is the first chance I have had to do it.

"Our chances of going through? Right now, 60 per cent for us, but we have great respect for Barcelona."

The 33-year-old, who spent eight highly successful years with Barca before leaving for Italy last summer, added: "My past is kept in a corner.

"When I defend the colours of my team, I give everything 100 per cent.

"(On Wednesday) we have to compete at the level needed to go through.

"It will be a tough match, but I know that if we play to win, we can cause Barcelona plenty of trouble again."

Allegri said: "We need to keep our heads and find a way to score at least once.

"We have huge respect for Barcelona and we know that we will need to play even better again to go through."

Dybala was replaced early in the second half of Saturday's 2-0 Serie A win at Pescara after suffering an ankle injury, but he has travelled to Spain in a 23-man Juve squad.

Marko Pjaca is a long-term injury absentee.

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