No comeback this time as Juve snuffs out Barca
FOOTBALL: Juventus has given a masterclass in defending to deny Barcelona the chance of another sensational comeback.
The centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci kept the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jnr and Luis Suarez at bay to secure a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp and a 3-0 aggregate quarter-final Champions League win.
Barca fans would have been hoping to see a similar comeback from the Catalan side after the miraculous success over Paris St Germain in the previous round - fighting back from a 4-0 deficit to win 6-4.
Messi came closest to giving the Spanish giants a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them.
When Barca did get close to goal their attackers could not get past the wall that was Chiellini and Bonucci.
"Juventus are a great team and they were better than us in the tie and overall they deserved to go through," Barca defender Gerard Pique told reporters.
"I wish them the best and I think they could win the trophy.
"It was a very difficult result to come back from although we tried until the end.
"They're Italian and they defended very well.
"They knew how they wanted to play and got their objective.
"We created chances but little by little we realised we had a mountain to climb."
In the other quarter-final tie, Monaco showed why no one will want to draw the French side in the semi-finals with a 3-1 second-leg victory sealing a 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the principality.
Rising star Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way with veteran Radamel Falcao also netting to show just how much firepower the side has.
Dortmund skipper Marco Reus pulled a goal back early in the second half but Valere Germain came off the bench to put the seal on a famous win for a brilliant young Monaco side, who go through to the last four for the first time since 2004.
The German team's hopes of turning round a first-leg deficit were not helped when the bus they were travelling in was held up by police for 20 minutes outside the team's hotel.
This came a week after the first leg was delayed a day following a bomb blast on the team's bus which left Spanish player Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.
The semi-final line-up is now complete with holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Juventus going into Friday's draw.