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No Barcelona comeback as Juventus reaches Champions League semis

20 April, 2017, 13:33 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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As much as coach Luis Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta tried to create a positive atmosphere before the game with their optimistic news conferences, and the Barca supporters also played their part, Barca managed to restore some pride with this solid if futile display after their lifeless performance in Turin, with Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique the most willing participants, but it was no use, as they couldn't produce a goal in front of the home fans as they suffer a second straight quarterfinal elimination from the Champions League.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Barca peppered the Italian goal but failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain. "My son will be very happy, though he might be happier with that of [Torino striker] Andrea Belotti!"

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Saurez all had chances that they squandered, so there is no doubt Juventus benefited from good fortune. Led by the sublime duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini - the finest centre-back pairing in club soccer - the Bianconeri comfortably contained Barcelona, who enjoyed 61 percent possession, but never really opened up Juventus' back line.

The draw for this season's semi-finals takes place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. ET), per the official UEFA website, and we profile some of those teams still contesting this season's Champions League title.

"We needed to be more calm and more lucid".

His opposite number, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, admitted Barcelona were beaten by the better side.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Monaco and Real Madrid will discover their fate for the last four at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Marco Reus gave the visitors hope with a 48th-minute goal, only for substitute Valere Germain to wrap up the win for the French side nine minutes from time. It came just eight days after three bombs exploded close to the Dortmund bus in Germany.

"They are an Italian club and defend very well. Having said that, there are other sides who are in a similar position".

"We showed real conviction and personality to come here and play the way we did". We had a great attitude and made a huge effort so it's a shame.

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