Champions League - 2nd Leg

Barcelona 0-0 Juventus (agg 0-3)

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Barcelona have failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second successive season
Barcelona have failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second successive season

Juventus produced an exceptional defensive performance to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League after stopping Barcelona from scoring at the Nou Camp.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Barca peppered the Italian goal but failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain.

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.

Juve's Gonzalo Higuain fired tamely at Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Juan Cuadrado missed another chance but the final whistle was celebrated wildly by the champions of Italy, who have not conceded a single goal from open play in this season's Champions League.

Juventus join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday's last-four draw (from 11:00 BST).

Juventus players celebrate reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League
Juventus players celebrate reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League

Reaction from Wednesday's Champions League games

Juve march on after defensive masterclass

The champions of Italy are 180 minutes away from the final in Cardiff on 3 June after a superb defensive performance as Barca and their formidable strike force failed to score over two legs.

Juventus join Manchester United (2007-08) and Bayern Munich (2012-13) as one of only three teams that have stopped the Catalans scoring in both legs of a Champions League tie.

They were as brave and aggressive as they were calm and disciplined with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini monumental at the heart of the defence.

When Barca did manage to carve out chances, Suarez, Messi and Neymar failed to deliver.

All three had chances before the interval. In the space of a few minutes, Suarez had a goal-bound shot blocked, Messi dragged a chance from 12 yards and Neymar volleyed wide.

It said everything about Juve's defensive display that Buffon only had one save to make, the 39-year-old denying Messi before the Barca forward hammered the rebound into the side-netting.

Yet Juve, as adventurous going forward as they were solid at the back, might have beaten the Spanish champions for the second time in a week.

Higuain should have done better from close range after a ball over the top before Cuadrado flashed a chance narrowly wide on the counter.

In the end it did not matter, Juve and their travelling fans celebrated a night to remember.

Barcelona v Juventus
Barca attempted 35 shots over the two legs - 16 in Turin (top graphic) and another 19 at home (bottom graphic). But only five shots, indicated by the green arrows, were on target across the 180 minutes. They managed four in the first leg, but only one - by Lionel Messi in the first half - at the Nou Camp

Barca's season in danger of unravelling

Barca boss Luis Enrique will leave the Nou Camp this summer having failed to reach the semi-finals for a second successive season.

This was every bit as painful as their exit at the hands of La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid at the same stage 12 months ago.

They had 19 shots on the night - yet only one on target as Juve avenged their defeat against the same opponents in the 2015 final.

Neymar, who scored twice in the 6-1 return leg win over Paris St-Germain in the previous round, ended this game in tears with Barcelona's season in danger of falling flat.

They face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday (19:45 BST) knowing defeat will leave them six points behind the leaders, who have a game in hand.

Barca are in the final of the Copa del Rey but Enrique knows that even if his side beat Alaves on 27 May, it will be scant consolation if they fail to win La Liga following another disappointing European campaign.

Man of the match - Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Juventus were exceptional in every department but their defensive performance was outstanding. Giorgio Chiellini (right) used all his experience to help his team advance on a night to remember
Juventus were exceptional in every department but their defensive performance was outstanding. Giorgio Chiellini (right) used all his experience to help his team advance on a night to remember

Buffon in sight of his first Champions League triumph - the stats

  • Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has now kept 46 clean sheets in the Champions League. Only Iker Casillas (54), Edwin van der Sar (50) and Petr Cech (47) have more.
  • Buffon's 2016-17 Champions League campaign: Nine games seven clean sheets, two goals conceded.
  • Juve last won the Champions League in 1996.
  • Lionel Messi had five shots off target in the match, his most in a Champions League game since September 2015 against Roma (also five).



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forMascheranoat 78'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forAlcácerat 58'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaBooked at 40mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 44mins


  • 6D Suárez
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 21André Gomes
  • 28Aleñá


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Buffon
  • 23Alves da Silva
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 57mins
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 5Pjanic
  • 6KhediraBooked at 64mins
  • 7Ju CuadradoSubstituted forLeminaat 84'minutes
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forBarzagliat 75'minutes
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forAsamoahat 88'minutes


  • 4Benatia
  • 15Barzagli
  • 18Lemina
  • 22Asamoah
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 28Rincón
Björn Kuipers

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamJuventus
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 0, Juventus 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 0, Juventus 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Alex Sandro.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Kwadwo Asamoah replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

  7. Post update

    Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Juventus).

  9. Post update

    Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mario Lemina (Juventus) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

  13. Post update

    Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Juventus).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Mario Lemina replaces Juan Cuadrado.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Alves.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Gerard Piqué is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Juventus) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.


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