Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: match report
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Barcelona have one foot out of the Champions League after a beating in the first leg away from home that leaves them in an almost impossible siutation. This time it is the quarter-finals, however, and this time it is against a side that look far more convinced and assured of their ability that the PSG side Barcelona swatted aside in the return leg just weeks later.
Juventus took the lead early on when Paulo Dybala was found by Juan Cuadrado in a seemingly docile position before the Argentine turned and curled beyond Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. The German goalkeeper was blinded by Gerard Piqué in front of him but had little chance anyway given how quick the little striker swivelled and shot. That came on seven minutes and at that stage Juve already had a couple of chances including a free header that Gonzalo Higuain could not put beyond Ter Stegen.
It went from bad to worse for Barcelona on 22 minutes and just moments after Andres Iniesta was denied by Gianluigi Buffon after an excellent through ball from Lionel Messi. It was Dybala again after Mandzukic made tracks down the right and pulled it back to the diminutive attacker. He curled it beyond Ter Stegen again, who could do nothing about it.
Juve were not dominating but they were so effective on the break that they looked like scoring every time they headed towards Barça's goal on the counter. Half-time arrived after a frantic opening 45 and with Luis Enrique needing to make a change. The only change he could muster up was taking Jeremy Mathieu off for Andre Gomes and it was uninspired to say the least.
After an impressive opening spell from Barcelona, Juventus scored again on their first attack of the half. After winning a corner, Giorgio Chiellini headed home after Javier Mascherano got spun around in trying to keep an eye on him. It bounced in off the post and Ter Stegen was beaten again.
Barcelona took control of the game with Messi doing his utmost to grab an away goal but with Luis Suárez scrapping for every little morsel he got, which wasn't much, and Neymar being ineffectual on the left, there was little they could do to break down Juve's defense. They had a number of half chances but nothing that ever threatened Juve's clean sheet, or their lead.
Barcelona will have to regroup before next Wednesday and think of a way to comeback from a seemingly impossible situation for the second time in as many rounds. Juventus, on the other hand, just need to keep their cool and make sure to watch plenty of PSG tapes to avoid the pitfalls that resulted in their demise in the Champions League just over a month ago.
Barcelona welcome Real Sociedad in a must win LaLiga game on Saturday, here are all the details of how, where and when to watch. And you can read our preview to that game, as well as joining us for build up to, and then live coverage from the Camp Nou.
Luis Enrique and co. will be keeping a close eye on the Sporting Gijón vs Real Madrid game as they hope for an upset in their Liga title chase. Ex-Juve manager Antonio Conte will be looking forward to his Chelsea side competing at the top table of European football next year. His side travel to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing a win virtually guarantees the Premier League.
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: second half
FT: Suárez with the last attempt as his header bounces tamely up to Buffon.
Min 90+2 | That would have been icing on the cake stuff for Dani Alves. He gets it on the edge of the square but instead of shooting, he takes it down and tries to be too smart. He fails to get a shot away then when surrounded. Mandzukic down now with cramp as Rakitic turns from midfielder to physio, stretching his compatriot's leg.
Min 90+1 | Dani Alves with a real veteran's free as he waits for Andre Gomes and goes down. Juve just need to kill time now. Four minutes added on. They're tired but this has been impressive.
Juventus substitution: Barzagli replaces Pjanic.
Min 88 | The ball comes out to Rakitic on the right and all he has to do is get it acros the box. His touch is way too heavy and he drives it out for a goal-kick.
Min 87 | He hits it straight at the wall but it breaks kindly to Suárez, who wins a corner.
Min 86 | He finally gets a break as Rincon fouls him on the edge of the square. This is the "Messi Zone" if ever there was one. An away goal changes everything here.
Min 84 | Messi tries again. But he loses possession. Absolutely everything has fallen on the Argentine's shoulders tonight. Suárez with no room to do anything. Neymar nullified too. Messi being passed the ball in impossible situations and expected to do everything. A really frustrating night for the attacker.
Min 81 | Juventus with a corner that Barcelona clear. Messi turns Alex Sandro upside down in the air and the hosts get another free. Piqué heads that one clear.
Juventus substitution: Dybala, the hero on the night, is replaced by Tomás Rincón.
Min 80 | Barcelona pushing here. Messi gets a cross in that teases everyone. The only one that really attacks it is Umtiti and he comes so close to making contact, but can't.
Min 78 | Piqué really not happy with that decision as he was battling for a header in the box before Buffon fists it clear. Ref gives a free out but the Spanish defender does not agree.
Min 77 | Neymar breaks into the box as Chiellini fails in his attempt to tackle him. He pokes it towards Suárez but he didn't know anything about it and it goes between his legs.
Min 75 | A ball comes in from the left and instead of heading clear, Alez Sandro tries to chest it clear. It falls to Sergi Roberto, who squares for Suárez but he drives over.
Min 74 | Khedira wants a free on the edge of the square as Andre Gomes leaves his leg in. Khedira did too though and was looking for that one. Referee says play on.
Juventus substitution: Mario Lemina replaces by Juan Cuadrado, who looked very dangerous tonight.
Min 72 | Pjanic puts Khedira through but the linesman has his flag up. Very, very tight on that one. Not convinced it was offside at all.
Min 71 | Cuadrado gets treatment as the game stops for a minute or so. Cuadrado and Sergi Roberto collide and the Croatian remains down. Higuain is fouled by Andre Gomes and the Juve fans are not happy that the ball was not put out. Replays suggest that Mandzukic was not the victim of that one. Lucky not to get another yellow.
Min 69 | Neymar with a shot outside the penalty area but Chiellini dives in a saves with his hand. It would have been very harsh as he knew nothing about it. Cross from the resulting play nearly catches Rakitic on the head but it's too high.
Min 68 | The best move of the game by Barcelona. Or, more precisely, Lionel Messi. He drops his shoulder and makes his way towards goal before playing Suárez in. His strike partner shoots wide.
Min 66 | Chiellini and Khedira versus Piqué and Umtiti but the ref says the Juve duo were fouling and he awards a free out in the penalty area.
Min 63 | A collision between Sergi Roberto and Mario Mandzukic results in a yellow for the Croatian. He pushed the ref just too far, but I'm not sure that's where the yellow was. Roberto lucky not to pick up a booking too.
Min 62 | Another floated cross but Juventus are frustrating Barça now and they have resorted to these high balls that Buffon is cleaning up.
Min 61 | Barcelona continue to probe. Chiellini puts it out for a corner.
Min 59 | Juventus are so well driled. Their positioning is perfect and Barcelona barely have room to breathe.
Min 57 | Iniesta clips Pjanic's ankles and gives away a free. Not a great sign when the soft-spoken little midfielder from Albacete is getting this frustrated.
Min 55 | GOAL! Chiellini headers home from Higuain's corner. Mascherano got completely caught up with holding the Italian and he got turned around as the ball landed on the defender's head. Ter Stegen left scrambling as it goes in off the post.
Min 54 | Higuain through on goal but he hits it straight at Ter Stegen. Golden chance to make it three. After soaking up pressure in the opening 10, Juventus are back. Bonucci this time, as he somehow manages to stay onside and wins a corner.
Min 53 | Higuain starts an attack by spreading it out wide to Cuadrado. The winger gets it back to the Argentine but his curler is anticipated by Ter Stegen, who gets down well to save it.
Min 52 | Suárez clips one into the box that Mandzukic headers away but only as far as Iniesta, who drives over the bar. Sergi Roberto was applying pressure to the Croatian and forced the poor defensive header.
Min 51 | An ambitious and frustrated shot from Neymar. Well over.
Min 50 | Suárez in as Bonucci outruns the ball. Buffon is off his line like a shot and picks it up with Suárez bearing down on him.
Min 48 | Iniesta has a shot, and this time it is blocked, and put out for a corner. Neymar swings it in but he can't beat the first defender.
Min 48 | Juventus march up the other end and Khedira has a shot from distance. Not bad at all but he can't keep it down.
Min 47 | Messi looks for Neymar bu Bonucci with a last-gasp tackle before the ball break to Messi again. He swings a right boot at it but it was never going in. Pjanic might have gotten a touch on it.
Min 46 | It doesn't take long before Juve have their first sniff of a chance. Higuain clips it towards the box as Dybala waits but Umtiti clears.
Min 46 | We are back underway with Luis Enrique shuffling his side just slightly at half-time.
Barcelona substitution: Jeremy Mathieu is replaced by Andre Gomes at half-time.
Juventus 2-0 Barcelona: first half summary
An incredible start to the game. We were blindsided with the news coming out of Borussia Dortmund that resulted in the game between Thomas Tuchel's side and Monaco being postponed until Wednesday night. The game that started at Juventus Stadium kicked off at such a furious pace that we were only settled in before Dybala had Juventus in the lead.
He finished expertly after a pass from Cuadrado on the right, as he turned and slotted beyond a helpless Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. We thought, at that point, that we would get a chance to gather our thoughts but neither Barcelona or Juventus were backing off.
As Barcelona were growing into the game, they were hit again by a razor-sharp counter by the home side that resulted in another Dybala strike. This time further out, but he struck it with the same spot on his left boot and the result was the same. Ter Stegen was helpless and Barcelona were trailing 2-0 after 22 minutes. Barcelona knocked on the door but there was no answer in the opening 45. Let's see can they grab one back before Juventus put this one beyond them in the second half.
Juventus 2-0 Barcelona: first half
Min 45+1 | One minute of injury time. Khedira with a stabbed shot toward goal as Bonucci reaches for it but it goes wide and the referee blows his whistle for the break. Barcelona need it, Juventus probably need it and everyone at home need it too. Interesting opening 45.
Min 45 | The corner nearly lands on the head of a Juve player. Kicked out for another corner. Piqué misjudges it and Mathieu headers clear.
Min 44 | Alex Sandro pulls it back to Higuain, who flicks it up and volleys an awkward one to deal with for Ter Stegen. It falls to Mathieu and he clears for a corner but Dybala, as ever, was lurking.
Min 44 | Barcelona bossing possession, which doesn't seem a big problem for Juve but they could probably do with a break. They get just that as Dybala goes down under a challenge from Mascherano.
Min 41 | Juventus looking dangerous again. Cuadrado again as he gets the ball to Dybala but he pulls the ball back to nobody as Iniesta picks it up. He almost gets picked off by Pjanic but he recovers and wins a free. A couple of fouls now by Pjanic in the last minute or so. Next one might merit a yellow. He's persistent, if he's nothing.
Min 40 | Barcelona come close. Luis Suárez throws himself at a cross and Chiellini manages to get it out for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Mathieu is lurking at the back post but Buffon collects.
Min 39 | Mandzukic tries to break through Sergi Roberto and Javier Mascherano. He floors both of them and when Mascherano gets up to confront him, he bodychecks him.
Min 37 | Cuadrado breaks free down the right before slowing it down and waiting for support. He gets it in the form of Pjanic but after laying the ball of, Pjanic fires it well over the bar. Not even close!
Min 36 | Barcelona's 3-4-3 is simply not working. Sergi Roberto is running around looking for space and asking for the ball but it's too tight. Juventus perfectly positioned to cut out threats and kill passing lanes.
Min 34 | Messi and Mandzukic exchange pleasanteries. The Croatian saw the ball out over the sideline and held the Argentine off in the process. Mandzukic tried to make peace after the fact but Messi was having none of it. All good now.
Min 32 | Barcelona getting a little anxious now. They know they need to make a move but can't and are forcing it a little bit. Everytime they give the ball back to Juventus, they are extremely nervous. the crowd not helping with that but Barcelona need to calm things down.
Min 30 | Barcelona have the ball in the back of the net with Messi finishing but there was a foul beforehand by the Argentine. He won the ball back from Khedira before Suárez gave it back to him but the Uruguayan was offside. Tough break for Barcelona.
Min 28 | Juventus have been superb. They are nullifying Barcelona's threat going forward, closing down space, not allowing space between midfield and defense andcounter-attacking with precision to ensure the visitors can't commit too many men forward. Might be a slight reach but this has been a masterclass.
Min 26 | The last hour has been a blur in my life. Between everything that happened before the game and now this surreal start, I need to take a few deep breaths.
Min 25 | Dani Alves goes through the back of Neymar and gives away a free.
Min 23 | GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Talk about world class? Dybala just makes it 2.0Mandzukic cross it to the edge of the box and the little Argentine curls it beyond Ter Stegen. Where was the marking? What a start to this one.
Min 21 | The kind of passage of play that only the very, very best can produce. On both sides. Messi with a perfectly weighted pass to Iniesta, who timed his run to absolute perfection. He tries to beat Buffon but the Italian palms it away, making an amazing save. Corner Barça but Umtiti headers high and over.
Min 19 | Alex Sandro watching Messi like a hawk. Every time the Argentine gets the ball, Sandro is right there waiting for him.
Min 17 | A really good battle down Juve's right hand side. Alves takes off with Neymar in chase, he drops the pass off to Dybala and Neymar fouls him. Another lethal ball in by Pjanic but Barça clear.
Min 17 | Higuain breaks, loses possession, but Mandzukic is there to pick up the pieces and strikes one from way out. Ter Stegen happy to pick that one up with ease.
Min 16 | Neymar clips it inside to Suárez but he stabds a pass out to the left and it goes out for a throw to Juventus.
Min 15 | Long ball by Bonucci collected by Ter Stegen, and Barcelona start again.
Min 14 | Messi with some attention from Alex Sandro. The attention was too tight though and he wins a free. Barcelona growing into this one now and winning a few frees. Still failing to trouble their opponents in open play though.
Min 12 | Chiellini intercepts a Messi pass looking for Suárez but Su´rez picks his pocket then before the Italian takes Messi down with a late tackle. Messi wants a yellow, Chiellini doesn't think it was a foul. Regardless, Messi fires over from the far right of the penalty area. Tough angle.
Min 10 | Barcelona looking tame early on. Plenty of possession since the goal but Juventus are so well ste up that they are struggling to find space up the field. Barça find a gap but Alex Sandro squeezes Messi and he wins it back.
Min 7 | GOAL! My word! Dybala curls one around Ter Stegen and he gives Juventus a lead early. Cuadrado picked the Argentine out and he turns without looking and shoots beyond Ter Stegen. What a finish by the man compared to Messi during the week.
Min 6 | Barcelona throw it around at the back and try to calm things down. Juve playing high up the field. No gaps in their midfield and Barcelona forced to drive it long. Ter Stegen effectively passes it to Buffon.
Min 4 | Mandzukic chases down Ter Stegen and forces an errant clearance. Barcelona under pressure early. Juventus really playing with intent early on. Fans enjoying it too.
Min 3 | An early foul by Iniesta on Dybala out on the right. The Argentine is standing over it but Pjanic swings it in. Higuain gets a free head to it and Ter Stegen stops it. He has a look over at the linesman as he can't believe how free he was. No flag. No goal.
Min 1 | Mr. Marciniak gets us underway at Juventus stadium.
Juventus vs Barcelona: team news
Juventus XI: Buffon, Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, S.Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Mathieu, Mascherano, Iniesta, Rakitic, Neymar, Suarez, Messi.
Juventus vs Barcelona live stream online: latest news
20:34 | We are ready for action at Juventus stadium!
20:29 | So, we have information from Borussia Dortmund's official Twitter account saying that the game will place tomorrow instead. Seems everyone is safe. Really not nice news to see but provided all fans and players are okay, we will soldier on! And now, to turn our attention to the Juventus versus Barcelona game.
20:14 | It looks as though the Dortmund game will be decided upon at 20:30 CET. Whether the game is delayed or cancelled, we will find out soon.
20:04 | The referee for tonight is Polish whistler, Szymon Marciniak. The 36-year-old has refereed Juventus three times and they lost just one of those encounters. It was against Sevilla in the Champions League this season. He was the referee for Barcelona's 4-0 defeat at the hands of PSG in the round of 16 this year.
20:00 | Juventus are a tough nut to crack at home. They are unbeaten in their last 17 home Champions League games. They have won ten of those ties and drawn another seven. Bayern Munich the last side to beat them in April 2013.
19:57 | We might just have one game tonight as the Borussia Dortmund bus has been reportedly the target of some form of attack. Marc Bartra is supposedly wounded. More information as it comes in.
19:50 | Barcelona have never beaten Juventus in Italy. They have tried four times and failed to do so four times. They have lost and drawn twice. The last time they met though, Barcelona won 3-1 in the Champions League final. All three of Barcelona's goal scorers on that night in Berlin start tonight - Neymar, Suarez and Rakitic. Alvaro Morata scored Juventus only goal but he is at Real Madrid now.
19:45 | So many narratives in that eleven. Dani Alves starts against his old side. Former Real Madrid players Khedira and Higuain too. A person compared to Lionel Messi, and a fellow Argentine in Dybala also starts and former Atletico Madrid player Mario Mandzukic too.
19:40 | Social media having fun with the Mathieu selection. Many believe he dug his own grave in the Malaga game when he tripped to step up and catch Sandro offside. the former Barca player was in his own half and in any case, Mathieu was five yards away from keeping him on. He has also been shaky in performances prior to that loss to Malaga.
19:37 | Lucas Digne and Jordi Alba remain on the bench. A lot of the stick that Gomes gets is harsh but Lucas Digne has been just as big a disappointment. He has fallen way down the pecking order.
19:34 | Barcelona team news is in and Javier Mascherano looks to be playing in place of the suspended Sergio Busquets. Jeremy Mathieu keeps his place and will play in what looks like a back three with Sergi Roberto at right-back and drifting into midfield.
Iniesta also starts. So much has been made of his lack of gametime this season but he starts tonight, which he has done for most big games this season.
19:27 | Mascherano talks about rumours linking him with Juventus in the summer, "Yes, there were rumors last summer, which tends to happen in the summer transfer window, but nothing was there. I'm here at Barcelona and it's an honor and a pleasure to be with this team, and I always try to do the best I can to help the team."
19:14 | Allegri was reportedly approached by Arsenal recently to replace Arsene Wenger. The reports won't be welcomed but I'm sure Allegri is used to this kind of noise. He is only focusing on his own side. He says that Barcelona's defeat to Malaga "is irrelevant" because Barcelona are used to these high pressure, big European nights.
19:10 | Mario Mandzukic is back healthy again following a brief layoff with a knee problem. He has played Barcelona four times during his career and won just once and scored just once too. Thw win came for Bayner Munich when they won 3-0. His goal came for Atletico Madrid when they lost 3-1.
18:55 | Neymar is available for tonight though. This is going to be a classic but Allegri says it won't just Juventus shutting up shop and hoping to win on penalty. "All the four or five attacking players will play, I don't see any reason why we should have to do without them," he said. They have the "new Messi" in Dybala and an excellent side so it would be unfair to expect them to just defend. If they come out all guns a-blazin' though, Barcelona could hurt them. We really have been spoiled with the Champions League quarter-final draw this year.
18:48 | That is huge news for Barcelona as they try to remain in contention for the LaLiga crown. It seems now though, that Luis Enrique will have to focus solely on the Champions League. With Rafinha out and Arda Turan lacking gametime and fitness, he is left with a dilemma as to what to do. BUT, just like Luis Enrique, we are going to focus on the task at hand tonight too!
18:45 | Neymar has been suspended for El Clásico as he is handed a three game ban for his red card and then applauding the fourth official on Saturday night against Malaga.
17:15 | A player being linked to both of Spain's big for a summer move, Paulo Dybala, is confident Juve has what it takes to match the best in Europe.
16:52 | After the quarter-final draw was made, Juve's Max Allegri was clear about who his favourites for the win in Cardiff would be...and he's playing them tonight.
15:58 | An ex-England player and national manager, Glen Hoddle, who knows a thing or two about quality play, suggests the two Argentinians for the home side will be the difference tonight.
15:20 | The last time the sides met was in the final of the competition in 2015, with Luis Enrique's treble-winners seeing the Italians off 3-1 in Berlin. Why not warm up for tonight by looking back on that clash? The kind fellows at UEFA have prepared these video highlights.
15:00 | Jordi Alba, who is expected to play for Barcelona today, has apparently been asking former Camp Nou pals Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez what life is like at Chelsea...
14:35 | Ahead of tonight's clash, Juve have prepared this rather snazzy video featuring war paint and the slogan "It's time".
13:45 | Barcelona will, of course, come up against a familiar face in the shape of Juventus right-back Dani Alves, who made 391 appearances for the LaLiga giants in a successful eight-year spell in Catalonia.
13:20 | Juventus goalkeeper and captain Guanluigi Buffon spoke to the media yesterday ahead of today's match, and heaped praise on Barcelona's attacking trio of Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar.
12:35 | Here's a reminder of the Barcelona squad for the quarter-final clash against Juventus.
12:05 | In need of a useful guide on how and where to watch Juventus vs Barcelona? Look no further.
11:10 | Over in Germany, Borussia Dortmund take on Monaco in what's also a highly appetising last-eight clash this evening, and you can follow live text commentary of that game with AS English.
10:50 | AS editor Alfredo Relaño looks ahead to tonight's match between Juventus and Barcelona in his column today, discussing Sergio Busquets' absence and home dangermen Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín.
09:30 | Good morning! Join us for the latest as the Champions League quarter-final stage gets underway with a mouth-watering clash in Italy.
Juventus vs Barcelona: match preview
This two-legged tie will match arguably the best attacking force with the best defensive one. Tacticians should be in for a treat.
Sitting six points clear at the top of Serie A, with only seven games remaining, in the Champions League quarter finals and still aiming for the domestic cup, Max Allegri's side are ticking the boxes required of 2016/17. And although the team is going for an unprecedented sixth consecutive Italian title - and a third cup - getting their hands on European club football's biggest prize, something they've only done twice and haven't done since 1996, is what they really want. And against many people's favourites for the trophy this season, they can make a strong statement.
Many of the players and management team have been talking ahead of this huge clash and few have intimated too much concern over their opponents being drawn against them. The message seems simple, plenty of respect to the Spanish champions - especially to their generally potent front three - but no fear. Luis Enrique's team is not at the level of previous iterations. And Juventus have enough stars of their own to take the game to the visitors.
Experience doesn't come in much better packages than that of Gianluigi Buffon. Along with a backline including Bonucci and Chiellini, the Old Lady has only conceded 20 goals in the league this season. At the other end of the pitch there is the small matter of 90-million-euro Gonzalo Higuain. Could we be talking about whether he or compatriot Messi is the difference after 180 minutes or more? Or, instead, could another Argentinian, Paulo Dybala take the limelight as he continues to impress?
Player to watch: Paulo Dybala - the 23-year old is getting better and better and this means no let up in the rumours transferring him away from Turin. But if he can pull the attacking strings like he's shown in the league, being in the best team in Europe may mean no change of address.
Luis Enrique and co should be coming into this game on a high. After the miracle comeback against PSG the stuttering season seemed to be back on track. Pressure was being suitably applied to Real Madrid in the race for LaLiga and form was back, not something their rivals could claim. But instead, after seeing Madrid drop two points in the afternoon, they dropped three in the evening. Now more pressure is on, and against a much tougher opponent.
To makes matters worse for the Catalans, Sergio Busquets is going to be missing from the middle of the park. This could mean a starting berth for the much-maligned Andre Gomes especially with his manager coming out vociferously in his defence in the pre-game press conference. What is almost certainly true is that if Messi, Suárez and Neymar don't function to somewhere close to their collective best then they may need another Camp Nou miracle in a week's time.
Player to watch: Neymar - After his silly sending off at the weekend, many will expect the candidate for player of LaLiga this season to step up and change the narrative. Capable of being the difference in Turin.
Juventus vs Barcelona: potential line-ups
Juventus: Buffon, Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Huguaín
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Rakitic, Mascherano, Iniesta, Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Coach: Luis Enrique
Juve vs Barca: live betting odds
The home side are slight favourites for the game according to the bookies with a ten euro bet likely to return you about 26 euros whereas you could get back 28 euros if you back Barça and they take a lead back home. The first scorers market can't split Higuain, Messi and Suárez, all at over 5/1.