Several Barcelona players and fans were left in tears after being eliminated from the Champions League last night by Italian side Juventus. Brazilian star forward Neymer was particularly inconsolable after Juventus produced an exceptional defensive performance to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League after stopping Barcelona from scoring at the Camp Nou.
Neymar was left in tears on the pitch after Barcelona failed to overturn a 3-0 deficit at the Nau Camp following a 3-0 first leg drubbing in Italy a week ago with the Italian champions producing a defensive master class that stifled Barca, resulting in a goalless draw.
The magical NMS of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were rarely given a chance to make amends in last night’s return fixture with Neymar visibly upset by his side’s elimination, but was consoled by his former Barca team-mate Dani Alves and Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado.
Barca failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all wasting promising chances as the home side were restricted to only one shot on target.
Juventus join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday’s last-four draw
MONACO OUT CLASS DORTMUND
Meanwhile Monaco also reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2004 after their impressive second-leg performance in the last eight againstGerman side Borussia Dortmund last night.
Coming into the tie with 2-3 advantage, the Lique 1 side stormed Stade Louis II in style after kick-off was pushed back five minutes after Dortmund’s team bus was delayed for about 20mnutes..
Teenager Kylian Mbappe pounced from close range to increase Monaco’s advantage after three minutes and former Manchester United and Chelsea misfit Radamel Falcao headed in soon after to all but put the tie beyond Dortmund.
The Bundesliga outfit threw on exciting forward Ousmane Dembele and it was a fantastic run from the 19-year-old that set up Marco Reus to lash in after the break for what turned out to be a consolation with substitute Valere Germain scoring 22 seconds after coming off the bench for the hosts to secure their spot in the last four with a convincing 6-3 aggregate win.