Juventus 0-0 Barcelona: Visitors qualify after lively stalemate

Juventus 0-0 Barcelona: Visitors qualify after lively stalemate

November 22, 2017 Off By Sports Writer

Barcelona qualified for the next round of the Champions League after drawing 0-0 with Juventus.

It was a game played in almost a friendly spirit with both Barca and their Italian opposition all-but certain of a place in the next round.

Juventus will be forced to play the final group game against Olympiacos, but they will have comfort in the Catalan’s unbeaten start to the domestic season which sees them top the group.

Lionel Messi was left out of the Barca starting eleven, meaning Gerard Deulofeu had his chance along with Luis Suarez up front.

The former AC Milan man carved Barca’s first chance of the game, but Paulinho failed to get on the end of the Spaniard’s cross.

The Brazilian midfielder was then booked for a dive in the area, whilst Paulo Dybala had the home side’s best chance, blazing over Marc Andre ter-Stegen’s goal.

The German keeper has been the stand-out performer for Barca this season and he was tested once more in the second half by Dybala, saving well down to his right.

Messi, who came on for half an hour, did very little but steadied the Barca side, ensuring they kept their unbeaten run going.

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Barca will now face Sporting Lisbon in their final group game.