Champions League Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Juventus are through to the Champions League semi-final after a relatively comfortable 0-0 draw at Camp Nou, ending Barcelona's 15-game home winning streak.
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.
Messi missed a golden opportunity to put Barca ahead in the 19th minute when Luis Suarez directed the ball into the path of the Argentine superstar who uncharacteristically pulled his left-foot shot wide of the goal from the middle of the area.
"We showed great unity and solidarity".
Barca team-mate Sergi Roberto - who scored the dramatic victor against PSG in the previous round as the Spanish champions overturned a four-goal deficit - added: "The fans got behind us until the last minute, like another player, we needed their support to turn the tie around".
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique urged the club's fans to create a wild atmosphere in Camp Nou to help the team complete another improbable comeback in the Champions League, this time against Juventus.
After recording the biggest comeback in the competition's history in the previous round against Paris Saint-Germain, Barca were unable to repeat the feat against Juve, who backed up their stunning first-leg win with an obdurate rear-guard display.
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If he keeps playing the way he did in the two games against Bayern, he likely won't have to worry about being jeered anymore. Bayern's Arturo Vidal was also shown a red card in the second half for what appeared to be clean tackle on Marco Asensio.
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The Serie A giants stood firm in the face of unrelenting Barcelona pressure to hold on to their 3-0 first led advantage and eliminate Luis Enrique's side. Going up against tough central defenders in Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, who he got by on a couple of occasions, he will have to do it again and deliver this time for Barca to move on. It will be a real problem for Barca to score tonight, let alone score 3-4 unanswered goals.
"Overall they were the better team and deserved to go through", he told BeIN Sports Spain.
Juventus and Monaco have joined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
"Scoring three in the first leg and not conceding at the Camp Nou is the evidence that we are a great team, a great group".
Jordi Alba came close to delivering the opener on 19 minutes, but he could not get a touch to Lionel Messi's lob into the box. 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.
Juventus comfortably saw out the final stages to register their eighth clean sheet in 10 Champions League games this season.