Juventus knock FC Barcelona out of Champions League

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique

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.

Barcelona came across the same situation last month as they were defeated by PSG by 4-0 in the round 16 first leg. but they defeated them in the second leg and qualified for the quarter-finals.

Barca will be without Neymar at the Bernabeu through suspension and the Catalans will need Lionel Messi back in top form as the Argentine was off target with the only two clear chances the hosts created on Wednesday.

To march ahead in the Champions League, Barcelona need to put three or four past an excellent Juventus defense - a task that seems not so hard after their 6-5 triumph over Paris Saint-Germain in the last round.

Barca boss Luis Enrique will leave the Nou Camp this summer having failed to reach the semi-finals for a second successive season. 3-0 will take it to extra-time, 4-0 would be ideal, but just one Juve goal would leave Barca needing five.

Neymar should be well rested after missing Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, the first of three matches he is suspended for in La Liga, including next Sunday's Clasico.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been depicted locking lips by a street artist
GETTYLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been depicted locking lips by a street artist

Juventus' unbelievable defensive form in the Champions League stretched to 531 minutes without conceding, with the last goal against them coming on November 22 in the group stage against Sevilla.

Barcelona, with their famed trio of "MSN', huffed and puffed but just couldn't blow away Juve's central defensive pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, who were immovable rocks at the back on the night".

Sergi Roberto, the unexpected late hero against PSG, continued the theme a couple of minutes later by curling his left-footed attempt from inside the box wide of the far post after Messi's set-up. "But even if they don't go through, any team will be complicated".

The Blaugrana had 19 shots, with just one on target over the 90 minutes, as well as 65 percent possession, and a distinct lack of creativity in the final third extinguished any chance of a comeback.

- Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has now kept 46 clean sheets in the Champions League. But this is what the results are when you compete a contest of a such high degree, where you must confront the most effective and now we had the happiness of beating them.

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