Pique backs Juventus for Champions League glory after Barcelona are shut out

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

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But Allegri guided the team to its first Champions League final in 12 years as well as back-to-back league and cup doubles.

To march ahead in the Champions League, Barcelona need to put three or four past an excellent Juventus defense - a task that seems not so hard after their 6-5 triumph over Paris Saint-Germain in the last round.

While disappointed, Iniesta said the focus was now on beating LaLiga leaders Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday with titleholders Barca three points adrift.

"It was hard to overturn the first leg result and we did have several chances that we were unable to convert into goals".

Luis Enrique reverted to Barca's tried-and-tested 4-3-3 system, with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba coming into the side, and the left-back had the hosts' first opportunity of note when, on the stretch, he diverted Messi's precise pass wide.

Their mood almost worsened just after the interval but Cuadrado, in acres of space on the right, dragged his strike across goal while at the other end Messi cut onto his left foot and fired just wide of Buffon's right hand post.

The draw for the Champions League semi-finals will take place on Friday, April 21 at 12pm at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon.

Juve started brightly in search of a vital early away goal and went close in the fifth minute when Miralem Pjanic picked out Gonzalo Higuain with a clever free-kick but the Argentinian striker made a mess of his effort and let Barca off the hook.

Messi squandered a glorious chance to get the opening goal 10 minutes later but the Argentine volleyed over the crossbar with Buffon way off his line.

Indeed, it was Neymar himself who teed up Sergi Roberto for the 95th minute clincher - the substitute's first goal of the season.

Player to watch: Barcelona's Luis Suarez.

- Barcelona failed to score in both legs of a Champions League knockout game for the first time since the 2012/13 semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The Champions League semifinals are set.

Bonucci's team-mate Gianluigi Buffon hailed a defensive masterclass after Juventus shut out Barcelona but the Italian goalkeeper claimed it would mean little if they did not win the Champions League.

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