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Barcelona, Dortmund knocked out of the UEFA Champions League

21 April 2017

In comparison to the last 16 when Barcelona sensationally overturned a 4-0 deficit against PSG with a 6-1 win in the second leg, the Catalan giants were unable to repeat the feat. Juventus simply would not let them.

However, it wasn't enough as Barcelona's fearsome attack sputtered at the Camp Nou against the defending Italian champions.

"Our participation in this tournament this season has been unforgettable but we had a very poor first half in Turin and that has cost us dear".

"If it had happened the other way, they would be sad for me".

Straight from kick-off the visitors seemed determined to learn from the French champions' mistakes.

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Gonzalo Higuain cracked a shot over the bar before the break while the probing Juan Cuadrado nearly picked out the Argentine striker in the middle, but was thwarted by a brilliant block from Pique.

Messi was again the heart of the danger for Barca, shooting inches wide in the 19th minute and then seeing a shot parried by Gianluigi Buffon, before hitting the rebound into the side netting, but on the whole Barca were not playing with the clarity they needed.

The Bianconeri were solid as ever, not conceding at all to what is considered to be one of the best attacking trios ever, for 180 minutes, with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci showing once again their strengths and Gianluigi Buffon being ideal when needed.

"A victory today it would have been deserved for us, but Juventus deserve to go through. We fought until the very end", he told a post-match press conference.

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.

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Yet, he found it far harder up against friend and former Barca teammate Dani Alves and his frustrations at a perceived lack of protection from referee Bjorn Kuipers spilled over as he was booked just before half-time.

Players and coach Luis Enrique also had more praise than criticism after Wednesday's 0-0 draw kept Barcelona from reaching the semifinals.

Messi whipped a free kick on to the roof of the net and slammed another shot wide before spurning his best chance, a volley which fizzed over the bar.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique reveals that he it is a joy to belong to a club like Barcelona who fights till the last minute despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Juventus. The first leg turned out to be a disaster for Barcelona as the team went down 3-0.

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Barcelona, Dortmund knocked out of the UEFA Champions League