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UEFA Champions League

Barca Top Their Group Despite Draw Away At Juventus

UEFA Champions League 

Result: Juventus 0-0 Barcelona 

Date: 22 November 2017 

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin 

Barcelona claimed top spot in Group D after a 0-0 draw away at Juventus in a UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday night.

The hosts looked the livelier in the early exchanges and it was Douglas Costa, who had the first shot on target in the second minute but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was up to the challenge.

Barcelona came closest in the 21st minute when Ivan Raktitic’s free-kick delivery evaded everyone and hit against the upright which saved Juventus’ blushes.

Good interplay outside the Barcelona box saw Paulo Dybala link up with Juan Cuadrado, with the latter volleying the ball well-over the bar with 35 minutes gone on the clock.

Dybala glided past the Barca defence before shooting towards goal but his effort failed to find the target again.

Neither team managed to find the back of the net as the half ended with sides deadlocked at 0-0.

Just five minutes into the second half, Luis Suarez attempted a free-kick effort which went just inches over the bar.

Gonzalo Higuain turned his way clear in the box and got a shot away but disappointingly shot wide of the target in the 60th minute.

The players were struggling to find the target despite the numerous number of shots towards goals and this was the case again when Costa charged towards the box, only to shoot wide of the post.

A good touch of appreciation was shown by the Juventus fans when Lionel Messi was introduced off the substitute’s bench as well as Andres Iniesta’s withdrawal as the pair received standing ovations from the opposition fans.

Ernesto Velverde’s men seemed content with a point as they sat back while Juve were unable to break the visitors’ rearguard with the game ending in a goalless stalemate. 

 

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