No MSN miracle as Juve hits Semi-final

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No MSN miracle as Juve hits Semi-final


Juventus defensive masterclass dumps Barcelona out of the Champions League

An expert defensive performance – from back to front – was enough frustrate Barcelona and send Juventus into the Champions League last four.

Though Barcelona had plenty of the ball, they only created two proper chances over the course of 90 minutes, and could have no complaints that they were not beaten by the better team.

Juventus actually started the brighter, unwilling to allow their hosts time in possession and first to loose and second balls.

Eventually, though Barcelona took over with Neymar particularly influential.

Unusually, Lionel Messi was quiet, but then on 19 minutes he spread play wide to Jordi Alba and continued into the box, except when the cross came over, he drilled wide from eight yards.

That was as good as it got for the home side, who became increasingly tetchy as the night developed. Juvem meanwhile, could count on Giorgio Chiellini, the best player on the pitch, and Leonardo Bonucci, while Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic gave excellent support to Dani Alves and Alex Sandro.

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