Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after playing a scoreless draw against Juventus in the second leg.
Trailing 3-nil, Barcelona had the task of scoring four goals but they couldn’t even score one because of the formidable defence of Juventus.
Clearly, Juventus was prepared as they did not want to go the way of Paris Saint German which Barcelona destroyed to qualify for the quarterfinal.
The Old Lady of Turin, as they are fondly called, did not allow Barcelona play their free flowing football. There were at least two or three players tackling the opposition.
The champions of Italy, who have not conceded a single goal from open play in this season’s Champions League did look threatened throughout the match.
Regardless, Barcelona had opportunities but they couldn’t score. Lionel Messi was severally denied by Gianluigi Buffon, while Luis Suarez and Neymar missed chances upon chances to leave Barca to only one shot on target. This was the summary of Barcelona’s night.
Luis Enrique will be particularly disappointed as his promised historic night ended up a farce.
Meanwhile, in the second match of the night, Monaco comfortably knocked out Borrousia Dortmund. They defeated Dortmund 3 goals to 1 at Stade Louis II. Dortmund’s chances of qualifying were very slim as they lost their first leg 2 goals to 3.
You may excuse Dortmund due to the explosion that they experienced on the way to their first leg match against Monaco. UEFA cancelled the match and postponed it to the next day, which Dortmund criticised.
Juventus joins Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday’s last-four draw.