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Dybala and Juve leave Barcelona another mountain to climb

Published: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 22.42CET
Two first-half strikes from Paulo Dybala and a rare UEFA Champions League goal by Giorgio Chiellini leave Juventus in firm command of their quarter-final against Barcelona.
Dybala and Juve leave Barcelona another mountain to climb
Paulo Dybala (Juventus) ©Getty Images

Match statistics

JuventusBarcelona

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)34
 
66
Total attempts14
 
15
on target8
 
3
off target4
 
8
blocked2
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
8
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
18
Fouls suffered16
 
20
Passes280
 
614
completed230
 
560

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 22.42CET

Dybala and Juve leave Barcelona another mountain to climb

Two first-half strikes from Paulo Dybala and a rare UEFA Champions League goal by Giorgio Chiellini leave Juventus in firm command of their quarter-final against Barcelona.

Paulo Dybala struck twice inside the opening 22 minutes as Juventus took a firm grip on this UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie.

Barcelona started with a makeshift defence in the absence of the suspended Sergio Busquets, and the unfamiliarity was soon exposed. There were just seven minutes on the clock when Juan Cuadrado fed the ball to Dybala who, with defenders backing off, span and fired into the far corner.

A fantastic reaction save from Gianluigi Buffon to deny Andrés Iniesta kept the lead intact and moments later it was 2-0, Dybala driving in from the edge of the box. Giorgio Chiellini's header ten minutes after half-time – only his second ever goal in the competition – left home fans in dream land.

Can Barcelona do it again?

Just one word of caution: Paris.

Key player: Paulo Dybala
It is traditional, in the lead-up to important ties like this, for players to watch their words. Dybala eschewed that approach this week and stated, firmly, that he expected to knock Barcelona out, that Juventus were better than their opponents. Tonight he played with all the impishness and technique which have marked him down as special – and added two wonderful goals for emphasis.

Miralem Pjanić: It's not finished yet

Dybala v Messi
"I don't want to become the new Messi; there is only one Messi and I would like to beat him," Dybala said in a recent interview. This morning the Gazzetta dello Sport mocked up Dybala threatening Messi through a Snow White-style magic mirror with the headline: "Fairy-tale night: will Dybala be the fairest of them all?"  Well, in Turin the 23-year-old Argentinian forward was. A repeat performance at the Camp Nou and the mirror's answer might change.

Barcelona: seeds of doubt
Sometimes a team's decisions speak as loudly as their actions: 3-4-3 or 4-3-3? Here the visitors did a half with each system, meaning that for the second game in four days Jérémy Mathieu failed to re-emerge after the interval. With the first formation Barcelona didn't get tight to Dybala for either goal; with the change Chiellini didn't so much out-jump Javier Mascherano as stoop to conquer. Barcelona betrayed a lack of conviction.

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Chiellini powers in Juve's third of the night

Reporters' views
Paolo Menicucci, Juventus (@UEFAcomPaoloM)

Is this Juventus side better than the one that lost the 2015 final to Barcelona. Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo have departed but now there's a real mental toughness. Two years ago Barça outclassed Juve in the first half and were unfortunate to score only once; tonight the Bianconeri attacked from the off, dominating the early exchanges and setting up a convincing victory.

Graham Hunter, Barcelona (@BumperGraham)
Barcelona's preparation for this stage of the season, both mental and physical, has been aimed at trying to arrive at this round of the UEFA Champions League with more freshness than when they were eliminated last term by Atlético. Luis Enrique has rotated some players, protected Iniesta, toyed with his formation – all in search of the zip that was a trademark of their titles in 2011 and 2015. It hasn't worked.

Last updated: 02/05/17 19.14CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000785/match=2019632/postmatch/report/index.html#juventus+thump+barcelona

Lineups

juventus

Juventus

barcelona

Barcelona

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Goal55
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
5
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution89
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Yellow Card74
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Yellow Card57
7
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Substitution73
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Yellow Card53
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
10
MessiLionel Messi
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
11
NeymarNeymar
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card63
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
21
DybalaPaulo Dybala
Goal7
Goal22
Substitution81
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Yellow Card90+1
23
Dani AlvesDani Alves
Yellow Card28
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Substitution46

Substitutes

25
NetoNeto (GK)
13
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
6
Denis SuárezDenis Suárez
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution89
17
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
18
LeminaMario Lemina
Substitution73
Yellow Card90+1
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
19
DigneLucas Digne
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
21
André GomesAndré Gomes
Substitution46
28
RincónTomás Rincón
Substitution81
28
AleñáCarles Aleñá

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution