“How does Rakitic put on the Barcelona kit without feeling embarrassed” Fans React To Barca’s 0-0 Draw vs Juventus + Match Report

Gerard Pique (left) and Gonzalo Higuain (right)

Match Report: Juventus 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona lined up without Argentine superstar Lionel Messi but they managed to qualify for the next round of the Champions League despite being held to a goalless draw by Juventus. Messi was on the bench and made an appearance towards the end as he desperately tried to break the deadlock. However, their Italian opponents simply did not allow it.

To be honest, though, the draw actually benefited the Catalans since they only needed one point to make it to the Round of 16. Never did they even seem threatening enough to break Juventus’ famed unbeaten run in Europe, which has now extended to 26 games. What matters for Barcelona is that they have made it through but the road will only get tougher from here on.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was tested immediately as Juve’s Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game within the first 5 minutes, as he neatly made space for himself and took a strike. But the prolific keeper made a much-needed save to keep the trouble at bay. An opportunity for Juve came knocking once more as Paulo Dybala made an effort to score a goal but Ter Stegen blocked the shot with a well-timed dive to the left.

Of course, no big game is ever bereft of drama and this one had plenty of it. Right after the first 30 mins, Paulinho stepped past a confused Miralem Pjanic and dived into the area. That situation needed the referee to make an important decision that could’ve vastly impacted the game. There seemed to be zero to minimal contact, which prompted the referee to give out a yellow card to the midfielder.

Again, Juan Cuadrado had a chance to score for Juventus but his volley simply went too high over Barcelona’s net and another opportunity went down the drain.

On the other side of the field, Gerard Deulofeu tried to make something happen. He even tried to get a rather weak shot into the goal but Gianluigi Buffon stepped in and saved the effort right before half-time.

Luiz Suarez seemed invisible in the first half but he had an early opportunity in the second, which he wasted (it was a free-kick). That was when Messi came on and there was yet another free-kick which the Argentine took, but once more, it did not yield any positive result for Barcelona.

Dybala threatened to score in injury time and almost secured a last-gasp victory for Juve but Barcelona were lucky enough since Ter Stegen made a brilliant save to seal the fate of the match.

While the game ended in a 0-0 draw, here’s how the fans reacted on Twitter.

Written by Meghna Sengupta

Editor @ Soccersouls. Lives in Chennai, and a Manchester United fan.
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