FC Barcelona vs Juventus F.C.

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UEFA Champions League

Quarter-final, Second-leg

April 19th

Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain


Aggregate: (0-3)

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FT: The result means that Juventus progress into the Champions League Semi-finals while Barcelona bow out of the competition.

FT: Juventus created a number of good chances themselves and went close to extending their aggregate tally. First Cuadrado fired an effort just wide of the far-post before the Colombian had an effort tipped behind by Ter Stegen. Ter Stegen was then forced to tip Pjanić’s deflected effort over the bar. Khedira then had a good chance to feed Mandžukić following a swift counter-attack, but the German opted to shoot and Ter Stegen made a simple save before Lemina fired an effort just wide via deflection.

FT: Barcelona created a number of good chances but were left frustrated by the Italians, who defended resolutely to prevent the Catalans from coming back into the tie. Firs Messi went close when his deflected effort curled inches wide of the target before he curled a freekick just wide. Messi then spurned a good chance when he volleyed over the bar after Buffon spilled a corner. Roberto then curled an effort just wide before Mascherano failed to latch onto Neymar’s teasing delivery.

FT: So Juventus hold onto their aggregate lead to defeat Barcelona and progress into the Champions Leauge Semi-finals.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+2′ Piqué is penalised for a foul on Chiellini and is fortunate to escape a yellow card.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ The corner comes to nothing.

88′ Sandro concedes a corner.

87′ Final Juventus change sees Higuaín replaced by Kwadwo Asamoah.

85′ The corner is taken short but eventually comes to nothing.

85′ Close!! Lemina surges forward before firing a tame effort that deflects just wide for a corner.

84′ Alves is penalised for a foul on Iniesta.

83′ The corner is met by Mandžukić but he heads the ball over the bar.

83′ Second Juventus change sees Cuadrado replaced by Mario Lemina.

82′ Alves wins a corner.

81′ Piqué is caught offside.

79′ Chance!! Juventus break with Higuaín, who finds Cuadrado, who then feeds Khedira, he has Mandžukić in support but opts to shoot and Ter Stegen makes a simple save.

79′ Close!! Neymar sends a teasing delivery into the path of Mascherano but the substitute cannot get a touch and Buffon is forced to palm the ball away.

78′ Barzagli concedes a corner.

77′ Second Barcelona change sees Javier Mascherano replace Roberto.

75′ The corner is cleared.

75′ The delivery is met by Piqué, whose effort deflects behind for another corner.

74′ The delivery is cleared behind by Mandžukić.

74′ First Juventus change sees Andrea Barzagli replace Dybala.

73′ Messi wins a freekick.

72′ The corner is cleared.

72′ Chiellini concedes a corner.

70′ Dybala does well to keep hold of the ball and create a yard of space before firing harmlessly over the bar.

68′ Close!! Roberto cuts-inside to curl an effort just wide of the far-post.

68′ Piqué wins a freekick.

65′ Chance!! The corner is spilled by Buffon and the ball is played back across goal to Messi, but he fires the ball over the bar on the volley when he should have scored.

65′ The corner is cleared before Mandžukić concedes another corner.

65′ Alves concedes a corner.

63′ Khedira is booked for a foul on Suárez and will miss the next match, should they progress.

63′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the hosts.

62′ Close!! Pjanić’s deflected effort off Piqué forces Ter Stegen into a good save with the keeper tipping the ball over the bar.

61′ Neymar fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

57′ First Barcelona change sees Rakitić replaced by Paco Alcácer.

57′ Close!! Messi curls the freekick just wide.

56′ Chiellini is booked for a foul on Suárez, who wins a freekick in a good position.

55′ The corner is cleared before Cuadrado wins a freekick.

55′ Close!! Messi curls an effort that deflects inches wide of the target.

53′ The corner comes to nothing as Chiellini is penalised for a foul.

52′ Close!! Cuadrado surges forward and cuts-inside before firing an effort that Ter Stegen tips behind.

51′ Messi exchanges passes with Neymar before firing an effort over the bar from-range.

50′ Umtiti wins a freekick after a foul from Cuadrado.

49′ Neymar surges forward before firing an effort that goes harmlessly wide from a tight-angle.

49′ Chance!! Dybala wins possession deep into the Barcelona half and the ball is eventually played to Cuadrado, who fires an effort just wide of the far-post.

48′ Rakitić’s delivery is cleared.

48′ Rakitić wins a corner.

47′ Sandro is penalised for a foul on Rakitić.

47′ Iniesta is penalised for a foul on Higuaín.

45′ Juventus get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Barcelona score the next goal to inspire a come back or will Juventus add to their aggregate tally and hold onto their lead? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Barcelona need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to claw their way back against a well-disciplined and well-drilled Juventus side. Messi has caused havoc but Suárez has barely been involved and will need to get on the ball if his side are to stand a chance. Neymar has to be careful, he has been fortunate on a few occasions, escaping a booking for dissent before kicking Pjanić in frustration. Juventus know that they just have to defend as they have done and prevent Barcelona from scoring. An away goal will most certainly put them through as it would mean that the hosts would need to score five. Some more clinical finishing from their point of view would give them the advantage. However given what happened against Paris Saint-Germain, anything can happen.

HT: Juventus have done well to frustrate the Catalan side and keep them at bay. The one time they were really on the back-foot Messi fluffed his lines. The visitors have gone close on a few occasions themselves. First Higuaín vollyed just over the bar before Cuadrado’s acrobatic effort cleared the bar. Higuáin then latched onto a Pjanić pass but his volley was tame.

HT: The match has been fairly even with both sides creating a number of good chances. The hosts have been frustrated and haven’t been able to find the first-goal to inspire a comeback. They have been restricted to a number of strikes from-range but none have troubled Buffon. First Alba almost latched onto a cross-field pass from Messi before the Argentine spurned a great chance when he fired inches wide after Alba’s pull-back deflected into his path. Messi was then denied by Buffon, who palmed away the Argentine’s strike before Barcelona’s number 10 fired the loose ball into the side-netting.

HT: So we’re goalless at the break but Juventus still lead 3-0 on aggregate.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

42′ Messi wins a freekick after a foul from Pjanić. The Argentine is receiving treatment as Neymar is then booked for kicking Pjanić in the aftermath, he will miss the next match should they progress.

42′ Neymar finds Suárez with a cross but the Uruguayan’s effort on the volley

41′ Dybala puts the ball out of play as

40′ The corner is cleared before Iniesta is booked for a cynical foul on Cuadrado.

39′ Bonucci concedes a corner.

38′ Chiellini wins a freekick.

37′ Chance!! Pjanić wonderfully finds Higuaín with a lofted pass but the Argentine’s effort on the volley is tame and Ter Stegen makes a comfortable save.

34′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

34′ Alves concedes a corner.

33′ Alves is penalised for a foul on Neymar.

33′ Play resumes.

32′ Slight delay in the match as Khedira is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

30′ Close!! Messi surges forward before firing an effort that Buffon palms away into the path of the Argentine, who fires the loose ball wide into the side-netting from a tight-angle.

28′ Neymar’s delivery is cleared.

28′ Chiellini concedes a corner.

26′ Suárez is penalised for a foul on Bonucci.

25′ Higuaín is caught offside.

24′ Busquets is penalised for a foul on Dybala.

23′ Dybala is caught offside.

21′ A deflected cross from Iniesta falls to Roberto, who fires the ball harmlessly off-target on the volley.

20′ Neymar meets an Alba cross on the volley but his effort flies harmlessly wide.

18′ Chance!! Alba’s pull-back deflects into the path of Messi, who fires an effort inches wide of the far-post with Buffon rooted to the spot.

17′ Chance!! Messi’s cross-field pass almost finds Alba but the ball is just slightly over-hit.

15′ Chance!! Cuadrado tries an acrobatic effort on the volley but he fires the ball over the bar after a nice headed pass from Dybala.

14′ Cuadrado looks to find Dybala but his pass is intercepted well by Piqué before the hosts break before Rakitić fires the ball over the bar from-range.

12′ Close!! Higuaín’s pass is intercepted by Busquets but the ball falls to Argentine again on the volley, which he fires just over the bar.

11′ Neymar finds Suárez with a cross but instead of going for goal the Uruguayan looks for a teammate and the visitors clear the danger.

9′ The corner is taken short before the visitors clear the danger.

8′ Neymar wins a corner.

7′ Busquets wins a freekick after a foul from Alves.

6′ Pjanić’s delivery is cleared.

5′ Cuadrado wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Piqué.

3′ Pjanić finds Higuaín but he miscues his effort and the ball falls kindly to Ter Stegen.

2′ Dybala wins a freekick after a foul from Rakitić.

1′ Pjanić wins a freekick after a foul from Iniesta.

0′ Barcelona get the game underway.

Team news:

FC Barcelona: Marc-André Ter Stegen (GK), Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez

Juventus F.C.: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanić, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandžukić, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Gonzalo Higuaín


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