Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Juventus hold firm to qualify for Champions League semi-finals

Juventus hold firm to qualify for Champions League semi-finals

There were no boos or jeers at the Camp Nou after Barcelona's elimination to Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

The incident occurred a week after the first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Borussia team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium. Juventus advanced to the semifinal with 3-0 on aggregate.

"We now have the chance of getting back in the fight for the title".

"We're in the semi-final but it's not over yet", Allegri said. "Neymar is a very important loss for Barcelona and I'm sure they will feel it".

He almost delivered another important and rare goal, but when the right back's effort flew inches wide 20 minutes from time, so did Barcelona's hopes.

Barcelona came across the same situation last month as they were defeated by PSG by 4-0 in the round 16 first leg. but they defeated them in the second leg and qualified for the quarter-finals.

The crowd of 96,290 that packed the Camp Nou was behind the team from the start and didn't stop even after the final whistle. "It was a tough defeat but it needs to be noted that the fans finished the game chanting like that".

Following the game, Keane blamed the star duo of Neymar and Suarez for not turning up against Juve.

"We knew Barcelona were ready to risk everything tonight, but we closed down all the spaces", Juventus centerback Leonardo Bonucci said.

- Buffon's 2016-17 Champions League campaign: Nine games seven clean sheets, two goals conceded.

"This side deserves praise for how we approach every game, whether we're playing Barcelona or Pescara".

Massimiliano Allegri's side now joins Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the last four, after reaching the European Cup semi-finals for a 12th time. It will play the Copa final against Alaves in May. "We are not in our best moment, but we can win".

Luis Enrique felt his side did enough to win on the night but noted it was always going to be tough to produce a repeat of their miraculous comeback performance in the last round against Paris Saint-Germain, when three goals in the last seven minutes saw Barca through.

Neymar broke down in tears but was comforted by former colleague and compatriot Dani Alves.

"It's different. So far the feeling is a bit odd, bittersweet, by the fact that there have been so many things lived here and then you have to come back as an adversary", Alves said.

"To see my friends sad hurts a lot".

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