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Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces serious battle to hold down Man Utd place

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is facing a serious battle to hold down a regular first team place at Manchester United. The Armenia midfielder has been left out of United’s squad for the past two games against Newcastle United and Basel after finally paying the price for weeks of poor form. Mourinho has eight senior players competing for five places at the front end of the pitch depending on the system employed and Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order after a series of disappointing performances and the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard are United’s other main attacking options. Mkhitaryan has been used predominantly in the No 10 role behind Lukaku this season but Mata and then Rashford were favoured in the position in a fluid 4-2-3-1 system in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United last Saturday. In the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, which Mkhitaryan was also omitted for despite travelling to Switzerland, Mourinho played Pogba and Fellaini behind Lukaku in a 4-1-4-1 formation he also often favours. Ibrahimovic could also play in a deeper No 10 role Credit: AFP Ibrahimovic has also raised the prospect of being used in a deeper No 10 role following his return from a seven-month absence with cruciate ligament damage, but while Mourinho has claimed the Swede could play there, it remains to be seen if he becomes a viable option in the position. Mata would like to fill that role but he has mainly been used on the right and faces his own fight to hold down a regular first team place. Mata, 29, is out of contract next summer but the club plan to invoke an option to extend his contract by 12 months to June 2019 to secure his immediate future and give Mourinho time to decide what he wants to do with the Spaniard. Mkhitaryan, who will be 29 in January, has started 10 of United’s 12 Premier League matches so far this term but the increased competition for places has muddied the waters and it remains to be seen if he returns to the squad for the visit of Brighton to Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho wants to bolster his attacking options in the next two transfer windows. United have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil while the manager remains in the market for a wide player after missing out on Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer. United have been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil Credit: AFP Mourinho was irritated by questions about Mkhitaryan’s absence this week. “It is a bit frustrating for me that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or not in the best of his form,” he said. “The question for many weeks was ‘Why don’t Rashford and Martial play together, now it’s ‘Why isn’t Mkhitaryan playing?’ The answer is very simple. Until the international board change the rules, I can only play 11.” Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has claimed in a recent interview that he would not trade his 33 career trophies for the one piece of silverware that eludes him – the Champions League. "Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge,” he said. “That is one of the targets, every season. But in the whole picture, if I could change one Champions League for my whole other 33 trophies, no. Zlatan would not give up his 33 career trophies just to clinch the Champions League Credit: EPA “The way I see it is in the long term, what you achieved in the long term. I see many players who have won one Champions League and then nothing. Then you can say it in a different way - he won it because of luck, or because the team was good, but I have been winning every year. “I don't know who to compare it to. Say players in a club like, [Steven] Gerrard [at Liverpool], with all the respect. He won the Champions League but never the Premier League. If you ask him what he would rather win, I think he would say the Premier League. So in the long term, it’s about what you achieved.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces serious battle to hold down Man Utd place

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is facing a serious battle to hold down a regular first team place at Manchester United. The Armenia midfielder has been left out of United’s squad for the past two games against Newcastle United and Basel after finally paying the price for weeks of poor form. Mourinho has eight senior players competing for five places at the front end of the pitch depending on the system employed and Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order after a series of disappointing performances and the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard are United’s other main attacking options. Mkhitaryan has been used predominantly in the No 10 role behind Lukaku this season but Mata and then Rashford were favoured in the position in a fluid 4-2-3-1 system in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United last Saturday. In the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, which Mkhitaryan was also omitted for despite travelling to Switzerland, Mourinho played Pogba and Fellaini behind Lukaku in a 4-1-4-1 formation he also often favours. Ibrahimovic could also play in a deeper No 10 role Credit: AFP Ibrahimovic has also raised the prospect of being used in a deeper No 10 role following his return from a seven-month absence with cruciate ligament damage, but while Mourinho has claimed the Swede could play there, it remains to be seen if he becomes a viable option in the position. Mata would like to fill that role but he has mainly been used on the right and faces his own fight to hold down a regular first team place. Mata, 29, is out of contract next summer but the club plan to invoke an option to extend his contract by 12 months to June 2019 to secure his immediate future and give Mourinho time to decide what he wants to do with the Spaniard. Mkhitaryan, who will be 29 in January, has started 10 of United’s 12 Premier League matches so far this term but the increased competition for places has muddied the waters and it remains to be seen if he returns to the squad for the visit of Brighton to Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho wants to bolster his attacking options in the next two transfer windows. United have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil while the manager remains in the market for a wide player after missing out on Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer. United have been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil Credit: AFP Mourinho was irritated by questions about Mkhitaryan’s absence this week. “It is a bit frustrating for me that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or not in the best of his form,” he said. “The question for many weeks was ‘Why don’t Rashford and Martial play together, now it’s ‘Why isn’t Mkhitaryan playing?’ The answer is very simple. Until the international board change the rules, I can only play 11.” Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has claimed in a recent interview that he would not trade his 33 career trophies for the one piece of silverware that eludes him – the Champions League. "Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge,” he said. “That is one of the targets, every season. But in the whole picture, if I could change one Champions League for my whole other 33 trophies, no. Zlatan would not give up his 33 career trophies just to clinch the Champions League Credit: EPA “The way I see it is in the long term, what you achieved in the long term. I see many players who have won one Champions League and then nothing. Then you can say it in a different way - he won it because of luck, or because the team was good, but I have been winning every year. “I don't know who to compare it to. Say players in a club like, [Steven] Gerrard [at Liverpool], with all the respect. He won the Champions League but never the Premier League. If you ask him what he would rather win, I think he would say the Premier League. So in the long term, it’s about what you achieved.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces serious battle to hold down Man Utd place

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is facing a serious battle to hold down a regular first team place at Manchester United. The Armenia midfielder has been left out of United’s squad for the past two games against Newcastle United and Basel after finally paying the price for weeks of poor form. Mourinho has eight senior players competing for five places at the front end of the pitch depending on the system employed and Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order after a series of disappointing performances and the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard are United’s other main attacking options. Mkhitaryan has been used predominantly in the No 10 role behind Lukaku this season but Mata and then Rashford were favoured in the position in a fluid 4-2-3-1 system in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United last Saturday. In the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, which Mkhitaryan was also omitted for despite travelling to Switzerland, Mourinho played Pogba and Fellaini behind Lukaku in a 4-1-4-1 formation he also often favours. Ibrahimovic could also play in a deeper No 10 role Credit: AFP Ibrahimovic has also raised the prospect of being used in a deeper No 10 role following his return from a seven-month absence with cruciate ligament damage, but while Mourinho has claimed the Swede could play there, it remains to be seen if he becomes a viable option in the position. Mata would like to fill that role but he has mainly been used on the right and faces his own fight to hold down a regular first team place. Mata, 29, is out of contract next summer but the club plan to invoke an option to extend his contract by 12 months to June 2019 to secure his immediate future and give Mourinho time to decide what he wants to do with the Spaniard. Mkhitaryan, who will be 29 in January, has started 10 of United’s 12 Premier League matches so far this term but the increased competition for places has muddied the waters and it remains to be seen if he returns to the squad for the visit of Brighton to Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho wants to bolster his attacking options in the next two transfer windows. United have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil while the manager remains in the market for a wide player after missing out on Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer. United have been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil Credit: AFP Mourinho was irritated by questions about Mkhitaryan’s absence this week. “It is a bit frustrating for me that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or not in the best of his form,” he said. “The question for many weeks was ‘Why don’t Rashford and Martial play together, now it’s ‘Why isn’t Mkhitaryan playing?’ The answer is very simple. Until the international board change the rules, I can only play 11.” Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has claimed in a recent interview that he would not trade his 33 career trophies for the one piece of silverware that eludes him – the Champions League. "Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge,” he said. “That is one of the targets, every season. But in the whole picture, if I could change one Champions League for my whole other 33 trophies, no. Zlatan would not give up his 33 career trophies just to clinch the Champions League Credit: EPA “The way I see it is in the long term, what you achieved in the long term. I see many players who have won one Champions League and then nothing. Then you can say it in a different way - he won it because of luck, or because the team was good, but I have been winning every year. “I don't know who to compare it to. Say players in a club like, [Steven] Gerrard [at Liverpool], with all the respect. He won the Champions League but never the Premier League. If you ask him what he would rather win, I think he would say the Premier League. So in the long term, it’s about what you achieved.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces serious battle to hold down Man Utd place

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is facing a serious battle to hold down a regular first team place at Manchester United. The Armenia midfielder has been left out of United’s squad for the past two games against Newcastle United and Basel after finally paying the price for weeks of poor form. Mourinho has eight senior players competing for five places at the front end of the pitch depending on the system employed and Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order after a series of disappointing performances and the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard are United’s other main attacking options. Mkhitaryan has been used predominantly in the No 10 role behind Lukaku this season but Mata and then Rashford were favoured in the position in a fluid 4-2-3-1 system in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United last Saturday. In the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, which Mkhitaryan was also omitted for despite travelling to Switzerland, Mourinho played Pogba and Fellaini behind Lukaku in a 4-1-4-1 formation he also often favours. Ibrahimovic could also play in a deeper No 10 role Credit: AFP Ibrahimovic has also raised the prospect of being used in a deeper No 10 role following his return from a seven-month absence with cruciate ligament damage, but while Mourinho has claimed the Swede could play there, it remains to be seen if he becomes a viable option in the position. Mata would like to fill that role but he has mainly been used on the right and faces his own fight to hold down a regular first team place. Mata, 29, is out of contract next summer but the club plan to invoke an option to extend his contract by 12 months to June 2019 to secure his immediate future and give Mourinho time to decide what he wants to do with the Spaniard. Mkhitaryan, who will be 29 in January, has started 10 of United’s 12 Premier League matches so far this term but the increased competition for places has muddied the waters and it remains to be seen if he returns to the squad for the visit of Brighton to Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho wants to bolster his attacking options in the next two transfer windows. United have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil while the manager remains in the market for a wide player after missing out on Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer. United have been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil Credit: AFP Mourinho was irritated by questions about Mkhitaryan’s absence this week. “It is a bit frustrating for me that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or not in the best of his form,” he said. “The question for many weeks was ‘Why don’t Rashford and Martial play together, now it’s ‘Why isn’t Mkhitaryan playing?’ The answer is very simple. Until the international board change the rules, I can only play 11.” Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has claimed in a recent interview that he would not trade his 33 career trophies for the one piece of silverware that eludes him – the Champions League. "Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge,” he said. “That is one of the targets, every season. But in the whole picture, if I could change one Champions League for my whole other 33 trophies, no. Zlatan would not give up his 33 career trophies just to clinch the Champions League Credit: EPA “The way I see it is in the long term, what you achieved in the long term. I see many players who have won one Champions League and then nothing. Then you can say it in a different way - he won it because of luck, or because the team was good, but I have been winning every year. “I don't know who to compare it to. Say players in a club like, [Steven] Gerrard [at Liverpool], with all the respect. He won the Champions League but never the Premier League. If you ask him what he would rather win, I think he would say the Premier League. So in the long term, it’s about what you achieved.”

Built Over Time, AS Roma Grows Toward Meeting Owner James Pallotta's Lofty Vision

AS Roma is on a roll lately. It’s in good shape to advance from a Champions League group that includes Chelsea and Atlético Madrid, and it will be right near the top of Serie A if it can win its game in hand. After speaking to Roma’s Boston-based owner James Pallotta on Tuesday, it's clear he is very confident about the future of his club.

Pallotta, now in his seventh year as Roma owner, said he’s expecting an announcement this Friday of regional approvals for a new Roma stadium that would break ground next spring. It would be a 54,000-seat stadium alongside an entertainment complex. Privately funded at the cost of nearly $1 billion, the new complex would more than double Roma’s revenue models, Pallotta said. He wants Roma to be one of the top five to 10 clubs in Europe every year and be in contention regularly to win the Champions League.

The Roma owner spoke about a lot of things, in fact, which are part of our conversation below (lightly edited for length and clarity):

SI.com: Roma is doing well in the Italian league and in Champions League, despite having a first-year manager (Eusebio Di Francesco) and director of football (Monchi). Is this happening a bit sooner than you expected? Or is this according to plan?

Pallotta: No, I think our goal going back to the beginning was to consistently try to get into Champions League. Which clearly wasn’t easy the first few years or so. But we did it three times out of the four and one Europa [League]. We’re still trying to get a team for the Scudetto. It took a little time to learn some things and a bit more of a philosophical change too in how we’re managing the football operations side of it.

I think Monchi is making that change, and that stuff takes a little time. But we had some things we had to work through. I think we did some very good things in the last three or four years, and we did some things that weren’t great. You just try and improve. We had a lot to learn. I had a lot to learn. But I think we’re getting there. And I think [on Friday] we should have the approvals and announcements on the stadium from the region. So it could be a good Christmas present. A lot changes when people know that we’re definitely getting a stadium.

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SI.com: From a soccer perspective, you mentioned a philosophical change. Is it possible to elaborate on that?

Pallotta: I think we’ve made some changes in the last couple years on our scouting. We’ve built up some incredible analytics. We’re actually going to the next level on analytics that we don’t think has been done before with a couple machine-learning projects on it. I think our academy system has changed for the better, both whatever we can do to improve it in Italy and the U.S. and some other places. We feel like we’ve given up many times on our youth. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I’m pretty sure we’re No. 6 in terms of supplying talent to other teams around Europe.

You take a look at someone like [Lorenzo] Pellegrini, who we had loaned out before, and I’m not sure with Monchi there we would have done the same thing. We might have, to give him more playing time. But to me he’s an extremely important piece of Roma for the next decade. And we want to make sure that players like that, young players, that they stay with Roma and understand that Roma wants them. So how we go about doing that I think is a little different from probably before.

We have a whole bunch of others in our youth programs that we’re pretty high on, all the way down to some 15- and 16-year-olds. Obviously they’re young, but we’ve identified a lot of talent. We really think at some point with the kind of talent we’ve been putting through there and the programs we have and the changes, that we might have five or six kids per year that can be first-team players coming up. And then a couple other things we’re doing in terms of relationships with other teams in other countries, they take time to put into place. But we’re happy with where we’re getting.

SI.com: In terms of Monchi and Di Francesco, it’s still sort of early, but you have to be pleased with where you are now, right?

Pallotta: Well, in the case of Monchi, he had 15 or 16 years of experience with one team [Sevilla] and a well-deserved reputation. What he did in finding young players and having a much smaller budget than most teams and competing how he did in not just the league but throughout Europe, winning five Europas, you have to feel really good when I started having conversations with him that he liked what we were thinking about at Roma. And we got him. When there were plenty of other big teams that I know wanted him for more money. He liked what we were talking about, and there were a bunch of things he’s had to do and clean up.

He had a very hard-working summer, and we still have some ways to go on some stuff. But I have a good relationship with him. I think he’s been great for the team, and he’s a players’ guy. He can have conversations with the players and the coach and the staff. So from that point of view, having complete faith in that, it’s been great. He’s at least what I thought and expected, if not more.

And in Di Francesco’s case, the last couple years we liked the way he played and thought [coaching Sassuolo]. But coming into Rome, the good thing is he played at Roma, so he understands the difficulties in Rome from the derby to just being in Rome sometimes with all the media looking at you and all the radio and TV stations. And he understands it. He handles it.

I think he’s turned out to be incredibly more flexible. When we had conversations with him in the summer, he said this is the style I play, and this is what I play. Within a game or two, you saw the adjustments that he makes. And while he does have his basic style, you have to really like what he’s been doing. When we can go to Chelsea and play the way we did [in a 3-3 tie], sometimes in the past you’d look at it and go, ‘Here we go again.’

And his rotations are great. We realized we had to get deeper this year, and we got substantially deeper. He’s utilizing players a lot. You look at somebody like Gerson, who people think is just a midfielder, and he comes in and plays right forward and scores two goals. And you go, maybe he’s better as a forward! You look at [Alessandro] Florenzi, he can play right back and right forward, and he might be best suited as a midfielder.

Unfortunately we’ve had some injuries, like with some guys like [Rick] Karsdorp. [Patrik] Schick should be coming back soon, and we’re very high on him. [Grégoire] Defrel can play right forward or on the left behind [Edin] Dzeko. Schick can play right or he can play with Dzeko or in place of Dzeko. [Stephan] El Shaarawy comes in, and people think he’s just a left forward, and then he plays right forward and makes different types of cuts and scores two goals against Chelsea on the right side. You just see that interchange, and that’s nice, and he’s utilizing that.

SI.com: Is this Roma team good enough to win the Italian league?

Pallotta: In terms of the Italian league, I think the last couple years we were good enough, too. When [Luciano] Spalletti came in and went undefeated the last 17 games, we weren’t that far behind. And if we had played in the first half of the year before I made the change, there was a period where we had 11 games without a win. You take someone like Spalletti, and I can look at those games and I did, and there’s no reason why three or four or five of those shouldn’t have been wins. There’s 10 points right there. And last year we finished four points behind. So you’re right there. There were some games against teams that we should have won, and we tied. We’re getting tougher as a team. So do I think so? Yeah.

By the way, I think the style and the play that’s going on in the Italian league right now is as good as anything that’s going on in any league in Europe. Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio. You can have at some point AC Milan and maybe Fiorentina, but certainly those first six or so. Atalanta, you go there and play them at home. You know, that’s not an easy game. Which we won at the beginning of the year. We’re looking forward to some other teams going into Atalanta and having to play them there. It’s a very difficult league, frankly.

So I do think we can win it. We have a game in hand. We’re right there. We’ve had a tough schedule, I think. And we just have to take care of our own business like we did on Saturday [against Lazio]. I think the team feels more and more comfortable with themselves. There’s a togetherness. You could see it after the Lazio game, where they all went out. There were no factions, no smaller groups, no Eastern Europeans versus others. They’re together.

SI.com: How do you spend your time between Boston and Rome?

Pallotta: Right now I’m spending substantially more time in Boston. Because there’s the Roma stuff, but I have a bunch of other businesses. But at this time with Roma the last six to nine months, there’s just a lot going on in Boston in terms of stadium stuff. So for instance, [on Tuesday] we’ve had our construction company in again. We’ve had in the project manager. It’s almost like on a daily basis we have stuff going on.

Yesterday I spent half the day for the architectural firm of our entertainment complex. It’s not like I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Rome and hanging with the team, and I know sometimes people or the media say 'He’s not in Rome, he’s not in Rome, he’s an absentee owner.' That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m working on a lot of stuff. Our commercial operation is run out of London. So I do spend a bunch of time when I’m in Rome going to London too because of the commercial activity. I just do what I have to do.

Built Over Time, AS Roma Grows Toward Meeting Owner James Pallotta's Lofty Vision

AS Roma is on a roll lately. It’s in good shape to advance from a Champions League group that includes Chelsea and Atlético Madrid, and it will be right near the top of Serie A if it can win its game in hand. After speaking to Roma’s Boston-based owner James Pallotta on Tuesday, it's clear he is very confident about the future of his club.

Pallotta, now in his seventh year as Roma owner, said he’s expecting an announcement this Friday of regional approvals for a new Roma stadium that would break ground next spring. It would be a 54,000-seat stadium alongside an entertainment complex. Privately funded at the cost of nearly $1 billion, the new complex would more than double Roma’s revenue models, Pallotta said. He wants Roma to be one of the top five to 10 clubs in Europe every year and be in contention regularly to win the Champions League.

The Roma owner spoke about a lot of things, in fact, which are part of our conversation below (lightly edited for length and clarity):

SI.com: Roma is doing well in the Italian league and in Champions League, despite having a first-year manager (Eusebio Di Francesco) and director of football (Monchi). Is this happening a bit sooner than you expected? Or is this according to plan?

Pallotta: No, I think our goal going back to the beginning was to consistently try to get into Champions League. Which clearly wasn’t easy the first few years or so. But we did it three times out of the four and one Europa [League]. We’re still trying to get a team for the Scudetto. It took a little time to learn some things and a bit more of a philosophical change too in how we’re managing the football operations side of it.

I think Monchi is making that change, and that stuff takes a little time. But we had some things we had to work through. I think we did some very good things in the last three or four years, and we did some things that weren’t great. You just try and improve. We had a lot to learn. I had a lot to learn. But I think we’re getting there. And I think [on Friday] we should have the approvals and announcements on the stadium from the region. So it could be a good Christmas present. A lot changes when people know that we’re definitely getting a stadium.

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SI.com: From a soccer perspective, you mentioned a philosophical change. Is it possible to elaborate on that?

Pallotta: I think we’ve made some changes in the last couple years on our scouting. We’ve built up some incredible analytics. We’re actually going to the next level on analytics that we don’t think has been done before with a couple machine-learning projects on it. I think our academy system has changed for the better, both whatever we can do to improve it in Italy and the U.S. and some other places. We feel like we’ve given up many times on our youth. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I’m pretty sure we’re No. 6 in terms of supplying talent to other teams around Europe.

You take a look at someone like [Lorenzo] Pellegrini, who we had loaned out before, and I’m not sure with Monchi there we would have done the same thing. We might have, to give him more playing time. But to me he’s an extremely important piece of Roma for the next decade. And we want to make sure that players like that, young players, that they stay with Roma and understand that Roma wants them. So how we go about doing that I think is a little different from probably before.

We have a whole bunch of others in our youth programs that we’re pretty high on, all the way down to some 15- and 16-year-olds. Obviously they’re young, but we’ve identified a lot of talent. We really think at some point with the kind of talent we’ve been putting through there and the programs we have and the changes, that we might have five or six kids per year that can be first-team players coming up. And then a couple other things we’re doing in terms of relationships with other teams in other countries, they take time to put into place. But we’re happy with where we’re getting.

SI.com: In terms of Monchi and Di Francesco, it’s still sort of early, but you have to be pleased with where you are now, right?

Pallotta: Well, in the case of Monchi, he had 15 or 16 years of experience with one team [Sevilla] and a well-deserved reputation. What he did in finding young players and having a much smaller budget than most teams and competing how he did in not just the league but throughout Europe, winning five Europas, you have to feel really good when I started having conversations with him that he liked what we were thinking about at Roma. And we got him. When there were plenty of other big teams that I know wanted him for more money. He liked what we were talking about, and there were a bunch of things he’s had to do and clean up.

He had a very hard-working summer, and we still have some ways to go on some stuff. But I have a good relationship with him. I think he’s been great for the team, and he’s a players’ guy. He can have conversations with the players and the coach and the staff. So from that point of view, having complete faith in that, it’s been great. He’s at least what I thought and expected, if not more.

And in Di Francesco’s case, the last couple years we liked the way he played and thought [coaching Sassuolo]. But coming into Rome, the good thing is he played at Roma, so he understands the difficulties in Rome from the derby to just being in Rome sometimes with all the media looking at you and all the radio and TV stations. And he understands it. He handles it.

I think he’s turned out to be incredibly more flexible. When we had conversations with him in the summer, he said this is the style I play, and this is what I play. Within a game or two, you saw the adjustments that he makes. And while he does have his basic style, you have to really like what he’s been doing. When we can go to Chelsea and play the way we did [in a 3-3 tie], sometimes in the past you’d look at it and go, ‘Here we go again.’

And his rotations are great. We realized we had to get deeper this year, and we got substantially deeper. He’s utilizing players a lot. You look at somebody like Gerson, who people think is just a midfielder, and he comes in and plays right forward and scores two goals. And you go, maybe he’s better as a forward! You look at [Alessandro] Florenzi, he can play right back and right forward, and he might be best suited as a midfielder.

Unfortunately we’ve had some injuries, like with some guys like [Rick] Karsdorp. [Patrik] Schick should be coming back soon, and we’re very high on him. [Grégoire] Defrel can play right forward or on the left behind [Edin] Dzeko. Schick can play right or he can play with Dzeko or in place of Dzeko. [Stephan] El Shaarawy comes in, and people think he’s just a left forward, and then he plays right forward and makes different types of cuts and scores two goals against Chelsea on the right side. You just see that interchange, and that’s nice, and he’s utilizing that.

SI.com: Is this Roma team good enough to win the Italian league?

Pallotta: In terms of the Italian league, I think the last couple years we were good enough, too. When [Luciano] Spalletti came in and went undefeated the last 17 games, we weren’t that far behind. And if we had played in the first half of the year before I made the change, there was a period where we had 11 games without a win. You take someone like Spalletti, and I can look at those games and I did, and there’s no reason why three or four or five of those shouldn’t have been wins. There’s 10 points right there. And last year we finished four points behind. So you’re right there. There were some games against teams that we should have won, and we tied. We’re getting tougher as a team. So do I think so? Yeah.

By the way, I think the style and the play that’s going on in the Italian league right now is as good as anything that’s going on in any league in Europe. Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio. You can have at some point AC Milan and maybe Fiorentina, but certainly those first six or so. Atalanta, you go there and play them at home. You know, that’s not an easy game. Which we won at the beginning of the year. We’re looking forward to some other teams going into Atalanta and having to play them there. It’s a very difficult league, frankly.

So I do think we can win it. We have a game in hand. We’re right there. We’ve had a tough schedule, I think. And we just have to take care of our own business like we did on Saturday [against Lazio]. I think the team feels more and more comfortable with themselves. There’s a togetherness. You could see it after the Lazio game, where they all went out. There were no factions, no smaller groups, no Eastern Europeans versus others. They’re together.

SI.com: How do you spend your time between Boston and Rome?

Pallotta: Right now I’m spending substantially more time in Boston. Because there’s the Roma stuff, but I have a bunch of other businesses. But at this time with Roma the last six to nine months, there’s just a lot going on in Boston in terms of stadium stuff. So for instance, [on Tuesday] we’ve had our construction company in again. We’ve had in the project manager. It’s almost like on a daily basis we have stuff going on.

Yesterday I spent half the day for the architectural firm of our entertainment complex. It’s not like I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Rome and hanging with the team, and I know sometimes people or the media say 'He’s not in Rome, he’s not in Rome, he’s an absentee owner.' That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m working on a lot of stuff. Our commercial operation is run out of London. So I do spend a bunch of time when I’m in Rome going to London too because of the commercial activity. I just do what I have to do.

5 things... Expect Inter to score headers

You can expect Inter to score a header when they take on Cagliari. Inter have six headed goals this season, the most in Serie A along with Chievo, whilst Cagliari have conceded five goals from headers

5 things... Expect Inter to score headers

You can expect Inter to score a header when they take on Cagliari. Inter have six headed goals this season, the most in Serie A along with Chievo, whilst Cagliari have conceded five goals from headers

5 things... Expect Inter to score headers

You can expect Inter to score a header when they take on Cagliari. Inter have six headed goals this season, the most in Serie A along with Chievo, whilst Cagliari have conceded five goals from headers

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Stalemate puts Barca through after dramatic late save from Paulo Dybala

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd   Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The Argentina playmaker was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Turin. But he still went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barça knew a point would be enough to see them through and rarely threatened to end Juve's 25-match unbeaten home run in Europe in a draw. Juve's Douglas Costa had the first chance of the game after two minutes, making space in the area before forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to save at his near post. Ter Stegen then dived to his left to block an effort from Paulo Dybala. Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a big decision to make on the half-hour mark when Barça's Paulinho stepped past Miralem Pjanic and crashed to the ground in the area. Any contact certainly looked minimal and Mazic duly showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation. Paulinho was booked after a preposterous dive Credit: Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC Juan Cuadrado then sent a volley high over the Barcelona crossbar from the edge of the area. Gianluigi Buffon was finally called into some meaningful action three minutes before half-time, making a regulation save to keep out Gerard Deulofeu's weak effort. Ivan Rakitic then struck the Juve post with a free-kick meant as a cross which flew past everyone. Luiz Suárez, anonymous in the first half for Barca, had an opportunity early in the second with a free-kick which he curled narrowly over. That was the signal for Ernesto Valverde to send on Messi, with Deulofeu the man to make way. When Suárez drew a foul on the edge of the area Messi was the man to line up the free-kick, but once again it flew just over the crossbar. In the 68th minute Barça squandered a golden chance when a defensive mix-up left Lucas Digne one-on-one with Buffon. But the overlapping French full-back opted to pass instead of shoot and the chance disappeared. Dybala almost snatched a victory for Juve in stoppage time but Ter Stegen got down well to make a fine save.   9:41PM Group D table Sporting go Bracelona in the last round of group games, Juve travel to Athens. They'll be confident of winning but their quest for the advantage of finishing top is all but cooked.  Credit: BT SPORT   9:38PM Full time Very few chances - Dybala nearly won it at the end with a flash of brilliance that was matched by Ter Stegen's.  9:37PM 90+3 min In comes the corner and Benatia heads it over. That's that. A scoreless draw after an entertaining match.  9:36PM 90+2 min Back to Alex Sandro who works it to Dybala. He flashes a forceful shot with his left foot from the edge of the D and Ter Stegen drops quickly to his right to tip it round the post.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 90 + 2 min)   9:34PM 90+1 min Juve free-kick on the left after Pique shoves Matuidi over. Right by the touchline. Alex Sandro swings it in with his left and Busquets wins the header.  9:32PM 89 min Barzagli comfortably beats Messi to an Umtiti clearance and moves the ball up to Marchisio. He switches it over to Alex Sandro down the left where the excellent Semedo blocks his passage once more.  9:30PM 87 min Digne pulls Dybala down by the hem of his shirt having been beaten. The left-back goes into the book, too.  9:29PM 85 min Juve sub: Matuidi on for Douglas Costa. Jonathan Pearce wonders whether age has withered Luis Suarez who may have pondered the same about old motormouth himself. He's 30 and has been injured. He'll be absolutely fine.  9:27PM 83 min Douglas Costa slices through the Barcelona midfield, makes it to 25 yards from goal and drags his left-foot shot wide. He did everything right bar the precision of the shot.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 83 min)   9:25PM 81 min Luis Suarez runs into Dybala and knocks him on the ankle. The crowd demands a red. The ref delivers a telling off instead. Barcelona withdraw Iniesta and send on Jordi Alba for some Ashley Cole/Wayne Bridge action. I made myself laugh there. Sorry.  9:23PM 79 min Juventus keep probing up the left with Alex Sandro, Khedira and Dybala. Barcelona defend it well and Alex Sandro hands back the momentum with a foul on Suarez.   9:21PM 77 min Alex Sandro has his name taken for kicking Semedo on the calf. He's not too impressed with that sanction.  9:19PM 74 min The TV director thinks Douglas Costa should be awarded a penalty when Pique challenges him just inside the box. Did he catch him, or shove him? Definitely contact. Obviously the English co-com Don Hutchinson thinks it would be harsh and indeed the ref awards Barcelona a goalkick.  9:16PM 72 min Semedo falls flat on his face when Alex Sandro pulls him back by the elbow.  Free kcik to Barcelona by the right junction of the box. Mesi swings it in and Benatia heads it clear while Juve and Barca try to outdo each other in how many of their players can writhe on the floor simultaneously.  9:14PM 70 min Cuadrado s down holding his face when touched but not in the face. It matters not because he is being substituted. Claudio Marchisio comes on for him.  9:12PM 69 min Digne! What a mistake in the box. Played in down the left, past Barzagli and into the box he has a clear  line to goal and bottles it, squaring for Suarez's run and fails to find him.    9:11PM 68 min Juve are pressing the wide triangles Barca use to move the ball upfield this past few minutes.  9:09PM 66 min Juve sub: Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Betancur comes on for Pjanic who has been strangely muted tonight.  9:08PM 65 min The wee fella wraps his left foot round the ball and gets the ball up and over the wall but not under the crossbar and it nestles on the rooftop of the goal.  9:07PM 64 min Barcelona free kick after Benatia kicks Suarez on the ankle when the centre-forward attempted to writhe across his challenge. Messi will take, 25 yards out, 10 yards right of centre.  9:06PM 62 min Higuain has been starved of the ball so little wonder when he gets a rare touch 20 yards from goal he snatches at it when he should have played Dybala in to the right. He can't shake off Umtiti and flays a riser into orbit and the crowd. Higuain has been starved of possession Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   9:03PM 60 min Barca are enjoying long spells of possession, shifting the ball from left to right and back. Cuadrado has retreated to monitor Messi and halts him with a crunching but fair tackle.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   9:02PM 58 min Khedira bends a run down the left and is stopped by Pique. From the resulting throw-in, Juve have a free-kick that they roll down the left for Alex Sandro. His deep cross is headed back across goal by Rugani and after some penalty box pinball Juve will have a corner when Dybala opts for discretion rather than a wildly speculative cross from an angle of about 345 degrees.  8:59PM 57 min Messi on, Deulofeu off.  8:59PM 55 min Benatia with excellent positioning intercepts a pass from Deulofeu to the well-positioned Suarez who should have moved. Benatia boots it clear. When the ball comes back Suarez makes a meal of a Benatia challenge, throwing himself across the defender and Dybala, to the crowd's dismay, kicks it out so Suarez can have the treatment he doesn't need.  8:57PM 53 min  Juventus are feeling the strain of Barcelona's pressure now and Messi is about to come on. Barzagli has been playing at right-back - if he stays there with Messi on he'll be, er, mutton to the slaughter.  Juventus vs Barcelona shots on goal   8:54PM 51 min It's 25 yards out on the left of centre. Suarez fizzes a curler towards the top left corner but it's diverted behind for a corner off a head in the wall that begets another.  8:53PM 49 min Suarez executes a Ronaldo chop then chucks himself to the ground when blocked by Benatia. The ball breaks to Iniesta who glides past Khedira. The Germany midfielder has no option but to bundle him over to concede a free kick.  8:51PM 47 min Semedo launches the ball up the right in very non Barca fashion which makes a present of the ball for Rugani who pushes Juve ahead. Umtiti to the rescue with a smart intervention to rob Cuadrado and begin a new thrust with a left-foot pass.  8:48PM 46 min Juve are made to wait for Barcelona who eventually turn up and kick off.  8:33PM Half time An absorbing half comes to an end with the peep of the referee's Acme Thunderer. Good game, good game.  8:32PM 44 min Dybala rejoins a move he started from the right to drive left into the box and smash a shot over the bar after a promising link-up with Alex Sandro that left him thrashing at the ball with his left foot from a too tight angle having rounded Pique.   Pass: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Andrea Barzagli, 23 min)   8:29PM 42 min Deulofeu tricks the Juve defence from the right, letting him cut in because he's shaping to lay it off. Instead he gets to the 18-yard line and tries to weave a shot through the crowd, which he manages but sticks it too close to Buffon.  Credit: Giorgio Perottino - Juventus FC   8:28PM 41 min Good match so far with some outstanding control from Rakitic and Dybala in particular. Higuain has just been judged to have brought down Iniesta and he's livid.  8:25PM 38 min Douglas Costa outpaces and outmuscles Busquets and pings a crossfield pass to Higuain who sends it on to Cuadrado on the right of the box. He dinks it inside to Dybala but it takes a deflection and spoons up. Dybala gets there to head it back to Cuadrado who has cut inside. He sizes up a left-foot volley suitable for the dropping ball but slices it high, wide and hideous.  Miss: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Juan Cuadrado, 37 min)   8:22PM 36 min Deulofeu spots Semedo's run down the right and fizzes a diagonal pass into his path. The right back takes it to the byline and stands up a cross towards the middle of goal. Benatia heads it clear.  8:21PM 34 min Khedira fends off Umtiti with a palm to the face and strides clear but the ref blows his whistle as Umtiti complains at some length. Free-kick that comes back at them. Dybala shows some sensational skill with a pirouette while controlling the ball on his extended right leg hung out horizontally and balletically. But he does not sprint into the box once he's beaten his man.  8:18PM 33 min All's well after treatment for both.  8:18PM 31 min Umtiti and Digne collide when the former stepped out to stop Cuadrado receiving a pass round the back. Umtiti has twanged his knee when catching Digne having contorted himself so he didn't stamp on his head.  8:16PM 29 min Paulinho is booked for diving, a preposterous pratfall worthy of the ridiculous Gordon Watson. Pjanic gives him an earful and rightly so.  Pualinho is booked for a shameless dive Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi   8:14PM 27 min They hang on to it, waiting for an opening but fail to find Dybala's clever run from the middle to inside-left.  8:13PM 25 min Ter Stegen shanks a clearance straight to Pjanic 10 yards inside the Barcelona half.   8:10PM 22 min Rakitic takes the free-kick from 40 yards, chipping it to the far post. Suarez runs in to try for a glancing finish but I don't think he connects. He does enough to keep Buffon in two minds and the ball bounces up and hits the post with the keeper grounded by his scrambled dive. Paulinho had an open goal but the rebound came at him quickly and from an awkward angle.  8:07PM 20 min Juventus are playing softly, softly at the moment, drawing Juventus on. Pjanic is booked for tripping Iniesta who had won a slide tackle and sped off until brought to earth.  8:04PM 17 min Iniesta loses the ball and Dybala pounces on it but lacks the pace to really exploit it and drive at Umtiti and shake Ter Stegen.  Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Paulo Dybala, 18 min)   8:03PM 15 min Iniesta shifts the ball in from the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. Cuadrado tries to knock it back to Buffon and loops it back but Iniesta nips in and, from a very tight angle, manages to thrash a shot over.   8:01PM 14 min Excellent run from Douglas Costa down the left. Semedo shows him to the byline and from there he whips in a cross that deserved better than some panicky penalty box pinball.  7:58PM 12 min Pjanic makes the ball stick to him with his strength and touch, turning to play it up to the withdrawn Higuain. Digne and Umtiti snap out of defence to stop the charge.  7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     7:56PM 10 min Another terrific atmosphere tonight - Paulinho plays a one-two with Suarez through the middle, bending his run in from the left for the return, and scuds his right-foot shot wide of the left post.  Juve fans are having a ball Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP   7:54PM 8 min Juventus have started very well. Pjanic shields the ball with strength and guile, buying the foul off Paulinho who boots him up the tuchas accidentally on purpose.   7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Former Southampton Forward Explains Why He Quit Football Aged 30 to Pursue Rock Star Lifestyle

Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has told La Gazetta Dello Sport why he quit football aged just 30 and became a rock star. The Italian is remembered by Saints fans after joining for a then club record £15m in 2013, but a fight with teammate Jose Fonte eventually led to his departure. Spells at Juventus, Inter, Porto and Boca Juniors were to come before he retired in 2016 after being sacked by the Argentine club. Dani Osvaldo on why he retired from playing football - “I prefer beer and...

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Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has told La Gazetta Dello Sport why he quit football aged just 30 and became a rock star. The Italian is remembered by Saints fans after joining for a then club record £15m in 2013, but a fight with teammate Jose Fonte eventually led to his departure. Spells at Juventus, Inter, Porto and Boca Juniors were to come before he retired in 2016 after being sacked by the Argentine club. Dani Osvaldo on why he retired from playing football - “I prefer beer and...

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Serie A - Inter Milan vs Atalanta

Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Atalanta - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 19, 2017 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

The striker scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

The striker scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

Mauro Icardi scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta.

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017 (AFP Photo/MIGUEL MEDINA)

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017

Mauro Icardi has scored 13 league goals for Inter this season after his brace against Atalanta.

Mauro Icardi has scored 13 league goals for Inter this season after his brace against Atalanta.

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira, top, celebrates with his teammate Gaston Ramirez after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, 4th from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

From left, Juventus' Sami Khedira, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain reacts after Sampdoria's Gian Marco Ferrari scored his side's 3rd goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Sampdoria won 3-2. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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