Juventus knock FC Barcelona out of Champions League

Posted April 20, 2017

Barcelona's front three produced very little against a resolute Juventus defense and bow out quietly from the UEFA Champions League.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Barca peppered the Italian goal but failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain.

However, the Juve stalwart has urged his team-mates to keep pushing for glory, telling BT Sport 2: "We're very happy with these small victories but what we really want to do is go all the way".

Having previously convincingly seen off formidable opponents including Tottenham and Manchester City, they were too good for Dortmund tonight, notwithstanding the dubious decision to make the latter played the first-leg so soon after the well-documented trauma they had been through.

Barca rattled up 19 shots at goal but only managed to test Buffon once as talisman Lionel Messi sent four shots off target.

"We needed to be more calm and more lucid".

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"Anyway, I love being at a club as ambitious as this".

His opposite number, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, admitted Barcelona were beaten by the better side.

The semi-final line-up is now complete with holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Juventus going into Friday's draw.

Real are looking to become the first team in Champions League history to successfully defend the European crown, not to mention hunting their third continental triumph in the space of four seasons.

Jardim added in a press conference: "There are now three great teams (in the draw) with a lot of experience".

Dortmund's arrival to the ground was delayed and the club said via Twitter that it was was because the bus had been stopped by police "for approximately 20 minutes without justification". He also didn't let the protesting Camp Nou fans sway him in his decision making every time a Barcelona player was tackled and dropped to the ground.

"We started well with one or two risky moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal".