Juventus knock Barcelona out of Champions League

They and Monaco reach the semi finals of the competition

BY Raf Diallo 21:50 Wednesday 19 April 2017, 21:50 19 Apr 2017

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, left, celebrates with teammates Giorgio Chiellini, center, and Andrea Barzagli during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona are out of the Champions League after being held to a goalless draw by Juventus at the Nou Camp.

The result takes the Italian champions through to the semi finals 3-0 on aggregate.

In comparison to the last 16 when Barcelona sensationally overturned a 4-0 deficit against PSG with a 6-1 win in the second leg, the Catalan giants were unable to repeat the feat.

A similar comeback was always going to be a tall order given how strong Juventus are defensively.

And so it proved at the Nou Camp as Barcelona failed to score, with a lack of composure from their fearsome forward trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi an issue throughout the game, as well as Juve's class in defence.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund's European campaign is also over after losing 3-1 at Monaco, resulting in a 6-3 aggregate defeat overall to the French league leaders.

Just eight days on from a bomb attack on their bus which left defender Marc Bartra with arm injuries, Dortmund's team coach was delayed for 20 minutes en route to the match, causing a late kick off.

Kylian Mbappe, who is arguably the most talented young player in Europe at the moment, continued his recent brilliant form by giving Monaco the lead and scoring his third goal of the tie, having scored twice in the rescheduled fixture.

Former Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao doubled that lead, before Marco Reus pulled one back for Dortmund after half time.

But Monaco were able to get a third on the night when second half sub Valere Germain found the net.

Monaco and Juventus now join Madrid duo Atletico and Real in the last four.


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