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Steely Juventus shut down Barcelona with 0-0 draw, advance into semi-finals:UCL

Catalonia: Barcelona didn't turn out another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus control out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wed to succeed in the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 1st leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain within the last sixteen with a dramatic 6-1 get on home soil.

But Juventus showed why they boast the most effective defensive record within the competition as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were dulled because the Italians gained revenge for his or her defeat within the 2015 Champions League final.
Juventus be a part of holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and principality in Friday`s semi-final draw.

Straight from kick-off the guests appeared determined to be told from the French champions` mistakes.

Massimiliano Allegri`s men ironed high to stop Barca dominating possession and enjoyed the higher of the first possibilities.

Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain volleyed over from the sting of the realm before solely an excellent challenge from Gerard Pique prevented Juan Cuadrado`s cross providing Higuain with a faucet in.

Barca had to attend nineteen minutes for his or her 1st clear sight of goal as they elaborately worked the ball around a packed Juventus box before Messi dismissed inches wide.

Messi then Gianluigi Buffon`s palms for the first time on the half hour mark.

At the other end, Higuain threatened again when he just couldn`t get enough power on Miralem Pjanic`s dinked cross to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Neymar had been Barca`s hero in a remarkable finish with two goals and an assist in the final minutes against PSG.

Yet, he found it far harder up against friend and former Barca teammate Dani Alves and his frustrations at a perceived lack of protection from referee Bjorn Kuipers spilled over as he was booked just before half-time.

Juventus also had the first big chance of the second half as Cuadrado fired across Ter Stegen but wide of the far post.

Ter Stegen was then forced to turn behind another driven effort from the Colombian.

Messi was being forced to come deep in search of possession, but he briefly had Juventus hearts in mouths with a low effort that was deflected inches wide.

Barca boss Luis Enrique forlornly turned to Paco Alcacer from the bench as the hosts played with four forwards for the final half hour.

Messi had another big chance after a rare Buffon handling error from a corner, but unfortunately for Barca it fell on his right foot and the Argentine fired well over.

Sergi Roberto was Barca`s unlikely hero with the 95th minute goal that sealed the 6-1 win over PSG six weeks ago.

He nearly delivered another important and rare goal, but when the right-back`s effort flew inches wide 20 minutes from time so did Barcelona`s hopes.

Juventus comfortably saw out the final stages to register their eighth clean sheet in 10 Champions League games this season.

And the only negative news of the night for the Bianconeri was a yellow card for Sami Khedira that will rule the German international out of the first leg of their semi-final.



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