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Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

21 April 2017

After Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit against PSG in the last 16 in the biggest comeback in Champions League history, Luis Enrique believes supporters can play their part as the team tries to obtain another shock result.

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

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.

Juve have conceded just two goals in Europe this season but the Barca coach had confidently insisted before the game that his side could score five times at Camp Nou on Wednesday. I'm sure they miss me!

"We mustn't get ahead of ourselves, but it's right to feel enthusiasm and tomorrow we need to focus on Serie A. Celebration?"

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But Barcelona were being given precious little space in the final third and although Messi finally tested Gianluigi Buffon, who parried away the deflected effort, Juventus rarely looked overexerted.

The full-time whistle came, much to the relief of Allegri and his side but there can be no doubt which team was the more deserving of the two, as the final aggregate is a honest review of the two legs.

The odds are very appealing for a Barcelona win tonight at 1.53 for the Blaugrana and 6.00 for Juventus. bet365 Sports is offering premium odds if Barcelona can advance at 6.00, whereas a Juventus semifinal berth is worth 1.12.

Messi could have boosted Barcelona's hopes in the 19th minute when a long buildup ended with Luis Suarez setting him up near the penalty spot, only for Messi to fire wide.

After the restart, Cuadrado's angled drive was just wide after an excellent Higuain through ball, while Messi blasted off target after combining with Neymar.

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

And the only negative news of the night for the Bianconeri was a yellow card for Sami Khedira that will rule the German global out of the first leg of their semifinal.

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.

After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003/04 to 2013/14, Juventus now have the chance to make the semis for the second time in the last three seasons (after 2014/15).

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Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona