No second Nou Camp miracle as Juventus hold firm to dump Barcelona out of the Champions League

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JUVE DONE IT!

There was to be no Barca heroics tonight, as the Italian Serie A leaders held firm to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League

THERE was to be no victory of miracle proportions for Barcelona tonight as they exited the Champions League to Juventus.

The Spanish outfit produced the greatest comeback of all time in the last 16, when 4-0 down to PSG from the first leg, they beat the French outfit 6-1 at the Nou Camp to go through on aggregate.

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Lionel Messi had some good chances to give Barcelona a chance in the second leg tonight, but was denied

But for Juventus, it was party time at the Nou Camp as they progress into the semi-finals

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But for Juventus, it was party time at the Nou Camp as they progress into the semi-finals

Gianluigi Buffon continues to defy his 39 years with a clean sheet against Barcelona in the Nou Camp

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Gianluigi Buffon continues to defy his 39 years with a clean sheet against Barcelona in the Nou Camp

But tonight Juventus were very different opponents. Their defence remained strong throughout and their 3-0 first leg victory in Italy proved too much of a hurdle for even Barcelona to overcome.


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And so Juve gained revenge for their loss to Barcelona in the 2015 final in Berlin as they reached their second semi in three years.

Neymar cries as Barcelona are knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus

Dani Alves has some conciliatory words for old team-mate Neymar after Juventus drew 0-0 in the Nou Camp

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Dani Alves has some conciliatory words for old team-mate Neymar after Juventus drew 0-0 in the Nou Camp

There was totally contrasting emotions tonight in Barcelona, as Italian side Juventus went through

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There was totally contrasting emotions tonight in Barcelona, as Italian side Juventus went through

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon gives Lionel Messi a commiseratory pat on the back

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Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon gives Lionel Messi a commiseratory pat on the back

For all the pre-match bravado of Barca boss Luis Enrique, Juve were pretty much in control the whole match. There was no danger of a Bianconeri collapse Paris St Germain-style this time like last round when Barca came back from 4-0 down to storm through.

The atmosphere was flat in the stands. You could tell Barca fans wanted to believe but didn’t really.

For all that they tried Barca never really looked like scoring, never mind getting back in the match.

They snatched at whatever chances they had.

For Juve it was almost like a procession towards the semi-finals. And, if anything, the Bianconeri could actually have gone ahead as Gonzalo Higuain twice and Juan Cuadrado came close in the first quarter.

Dani Alves shakes hands with former team-mates and misses start of the game

Neymar was a frustrated figure throughout the clash, he tried, but little came off for him

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Neymar was a frustrated figure throughout the clash, he tried, but little came off for him

It wasn't something most of us are used to seeing, but Barca legend Lionel Messi missed some of the best chances tonight

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It wasn’t something most of us are used to seeing, but Barca legend Lionel Messi missed some of the best chances tonight

On 18 minutes Messi missed a sitter from 10 yards out after Luis Suarez’s brilliant first-time pass. It could have changed the course of the match.

Enrique turned away in frustration.

Miraelm Pjanic played in Higuain but the Argentine’s first-time shot went straight at Marc Andre Ter Stegen.

Messi had a cut in his face as he crashed into the ground head first after Pjanic did him a back shortly before half-time.

It all went through Messi after the restart too but to no avail.

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Paulo Dybala may not have scored tonight, but he was a key figure over the two legs, scoring twice in the first

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Paulo Dybala may not have scored tonight, but he was a key figure over the two legs, scoring twice in the first

But even the magic feet of Lionel Messi could not conjure up a miracle tonight at the Nou Camp

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But even the magic feet of Lionel Messi could not conjure up a miracle tonight at the Nou Camp

After 56 minutes the Barcelona hero let rip but Giorgio Chiellini got a toe to it and it flew inches wide.

Pjanic’s effort was deflected onto the top of the crossbar by Pique.

When Buffon spilled Neymar’s corner Suarez played to Messi but the Argentine fired over.

Moments later Messi slotted Sergi Roberto through but the youngster’s curler was inches wide.

Barca fans still gave their side a huge send off in the last five minutes when all was lost. Nobody left the stadium as they hailed their fallen heroes. But the biggest cheer came from the Italian contingent in the final whistle.

Speaking after the game, Barcelona’s Gerard Pique said: “Juventus are a great team and they were better than us in the tie and overall they deserved to go through. I wish them the best and I think they could win the trophy.

“It was a very difficult result to come back from although we tried until the end. They’re Italian and they defended very well. They knew how they wanted to play and got their objective. We created chances but little by little we realised we had a mountain to climb.”

And boss Luis Enrique added: “I will remember what happened in the first half in the Juventus Stadium for a very long time.

“Our participation in this tournament this season has been unforgettable but we had a very poor first half in Turin and that has cost us dear.”

In tonight’s other quarter-final, Monaco beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at home, to triumphing 6-3 on aggregate.

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