Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

No-one will want to play Juve after ousting Barca: Bonucci


Barcelona failed to reach the 2016/17 Champions League semis following a goalless draw with Juventus at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

After their extraordinary exploits last month, when they overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the second leg against Paris Saint-German, the Spanish club found Juventus less accommodating.

Barca had to wait 19 minutes for their first clear sight of goal as they intricately worked the ball around a packed Juventus box before Messi fired inches wide.

There were also moments of tension after Messi fell heavily following a challenge in midfield and Neymar reacted with a challenge which earned him a booking that means he will miss Barca's next European match.

"I will remember what happened in the first half in the Juventus Stadium for a very long time", Enrique told Sky Sports News.

With ten minutes to go, Barca slipped into a resignation that they weren't going to score four goals and the travelling fans were heard clearly for the first time with a loud "Ole, Ole, Ole, Juve" chant.

"We are very happy with this achievement against such a great side".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

In Monaco, teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate.

Juventus join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the semi-final draw, which will take place on Friday. It's one of the few times I've seen the Camp Nou like this after a defeat.

"Picking youself up after a defeat like this is hard, but we have the best motivation a Cule can have", he said.

"I 'd already talked before that I wouldn't wish to confront them, not by worrying them, but from the truth that I didn't need to feel that feeling which I ended up feeling, but I consider we must depart the bathetic component away if you are wearing other colours and when you live your profession with just as much intensity as I live".

"Juve is a great team that knows how to defend perfectly".

"We created a lot of chances but nothing would go in, if it had, we would have been in the tie".

The Catalans travel to Real Madrid on Sunday, in a must-win encounter if they are to pip their rivals to the La Liga crown this season.

Buffon only had to make a couple of saves thanks to the supreme efforts of those in front of him and the Italian goalkeeper, who has made more than 600 appearances for the Old Lady, paid tribute to his outfield players.

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