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Steely Juventus shut down Barca to kill off comeback hopes

Football Soccer - FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - The Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 19/4/17 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Juventus' Sami Khedira Reuters / Sergio Perez Livepic
Football Soccer - FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - The Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 19/4/17 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Juventus' Sami Khedira Reuters / Sergio Perez Livepic

By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday at the Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Italian champions barely gave Barca a glimmer of hope of repeating their historic turnaround against Paris St Germain in the last 16 and protected their healthy advantage from the first leg by starving the hosts of space and clear sights of goal.

Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve's intimidating centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat to Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching a 12th semi-final.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis)

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