Champions League: Monaco and Juventus advance to semi-finals


Spanish giants and 5 time winners of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona were knocked out of the competition as Italian champions Juventus held out for an away 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou to reach the semi-finals on a 3-0 aggregate win.

Juventus is in an excellent form and it was visible in the first leg of the quaterfinal match.

Lionel Messi, who had earlier been denied by Gianluigi Buffon, fired wastefully over the bar while Luis Suarez and Neymar also spurned chances on a night Barca were restricted to one shot on target. "We created enough chances to score, but it wasn't to be". The key will be to be clinical in front of goal. Barcelona are in need of a second miracle, but Juventus are surely a different beast to the PSG side who crumbled at the Nou Camp last month.

"Many results at home and the recent comeback against PSG are statistics that invite optimism".

"If we score the first goal, Camp Nou will get the second and the third will come by itself".

The believe and hope of many Barcelona fans was for their team to make a miraculous come back after suffering a 3-0 loss in the first leg in Turin, but Juventus proved a hard nut to crack.

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Luis Enrique said they should stay until the end this time, with the team planning to fight until the final whistle to turn the game around.

"It's different. So far the feeling is a bit odd, bittersweet, by the fact that there have been so many things lived here and then you have to come back as an adversary", Alves said.

Barca coach Luis Enrique threw on Paco Alcacer as the hosts played with four forwards for the final half hour, their best chance falling to Messi after a rare Buffon error from a corner, but unfortunately he skied the effort with his right boot. "Right until the 95th minute we have to be united". "We still have the league and the Copa del Rey and every game will be decisive". "My players were extraordinary tonight". Paulo Dybala was the breakout star from the performance. We kept going until the very last minute. "The lads need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving".

The Champions League second leg quarter final clash between Barcelona and Juventus is set to start at 7:45pm local time, 12:15am IST and 2:45pm EST.

Yes - the match will be televised on BT Sport in the UK.

USA: TV: Fox Sports 1. Live streaming: SuperSport live.