Juventus frustrate Barcelona to book last-four spot

Juventus are through to the semi-finals after a 3-0 aggregate win as Barcelona's dreams of another famous UEFA Champions League comeback ran into a black-and-white wall.

Luis Enrique's side's remarkable recovery from 4-0 down against Paris in the last round raised hopes of a repeat "remuntada" at the Camp Nou. Everything seemed to go their way that night but here the footballing Gods were less favourable. It just wouldn't happen.

There was no shortage of endeavour, with Lionel Messi prodding a good chance a whisker wide midway through the first half. There were plenty of half-chances thereafter but Juve proved unyielding opponents, standing firm and fearless in the face of constant probing.

The hosts tried everything: switching to three at the back, utilising Gerard Piqué as an auxiliary striker, but could not avoid their first goalless draw in the competition in 50 games. Juve's joy at full-time was unbridled. They came, they saw, they conquered.
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Juventus frustrate Barcelona to book last-four spot Juventus frustrate Barcelona to book last-four spot Reviewed by Nene Sochi-Okereke on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Rating: 5

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