Juventus stand firm to eliminate Barca out of Champions League

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Juventus qualified for the Champions League semi-final after beating Barcelona 3-0 after a three-point win in Turin, and a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou yesterday.

Last night Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after losing 3-0 to Juventus on aggregate.

Juventus has matured since its Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in 2015.

Lionel Messi was unable to inspire his team to a PSG-esque comeback as Barcelona drew blanks in both legs against the Italians' formidable defensive unit.

After last week's 3-0 victory in Turin, it was Juve's attackers who were drawing the plaudits specifically Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. To which Juventus replied: "Thank @FCBarcelona, it's an honor to beat such a great opponent".

Juventus joins Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the semifinal draw on Friday.

Barcelona will be without the suspended Neymar against Madrid at the Bernabeu, where it has won two of the last three games against Madrid, including 4-0 last season.

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Luis Enrique blamed the team's elimination on the lacklustre performance in the first half of the match in Italy, when Barcelona was outplayed and conceded two goals that left Juventus in control.

"It's your year. With a defense like this you can lift the trophy", said an inside-page headline. "Henceforth, there's no doubt: there's a smell of the treble in the air", wrote Gazzetta columnist Alessandro De Calo.

Buffon admits the clean sheet in the second leg against Barcelona came as a surprise - and is the ideal boost the players need going into the crucial final month of the season.

Atletico, meanwhile, ended Leicester's fairytale run in Europe, edging the Foxes 2-1 over two legs. It's down to us now, our destiny is in our own hands for whether we can improve.

"I'm annoyed we couldn't win the game because we tried with all our strength but we couldn't find the path to their goal". The Germans have stopped Juve in their tracks twice in recent seasons, at the quarter-final stage in 2013 then again in the last 16 a year ago.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon hopes the comprehensive win over five-times European champions Barcelona is a sign his side are ready to take the next step.

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