The opening match of the UEFA Champions League
quarterfinal round on Tuesday saw a slew of talent on
display at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. However, it
was an Argentinian forward not named Lionel Messi
that stole the show.
Juventus took a huge first step to booking their place
into the semifinal round after a convincing 3-0 victory
against Barcelona. Forward Paulo Dybala added a
brace which propelled the hosts to a comfortable win
Dybala opened the scoring after seven minutes as he
curled home his third goal of the competition, after
finding a nice pocket of space in the Barcelona box.
Andres Iniesta came close to leveling the score in the
21st-minute, but the midfielder saw his breakaway
effort saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Dybala doubled the
Juventus lead a minute later as his left-footed strike
found the bottom-left corner.
Gonzalo Higuain saw a late first-half chance saved by
Marc-Andre ter Stegen which kept the score at 2-0
going into halftime.
Higuain missed the chance to play in a wide-open
Mario Mandzukic in the 54th-minute, and instead saw
his straightforward effort saved by ter Stegen.
extended their lead to 3-0 as Giorgio Chiellini’s header
from a corner-kick deflected off the left post and in.
Leo Messi’s 59th-minute header forced another save
from Buffon, while Suarez’s breakaway effort later in
the half saw the Italian keeper push the effort wide.
At the final whistle, Massimiliano Allegri’s men
celebrated a huge first-leg victory which now see them
only 90+ minutes away from a place in the semifinal
round. Ter Stegen’s five saves was the only bright spot
for Luis Enrique’s men who were frustrated for most of
Buffon made four saves in the clean sheet, which now
extends Juventus’ Champions League shutout streak to
The Serie A leaders now take a 3-0 aggregate into the
March 19 second leg at the Camp Nou. Barcelona will
try to make it consecutive second-leg comebacks at
home, but face a much-sterner test against the
DORTMUND, MONACO POSTPONED UNTIL
Borussia Dortmund’s first-leg against A.S. Monaco was
postponed on Tuesday and rescheduled for Wednesday
at 12:45 P.M. (FOX SPORTS 2).
Dortmund’s team bus
was the site of an explotion on their way to Signal
Iduna Park , which saw defender Marc Bartra injured in
Wednesday’s action features two originally scheduled
first-legs as Bayern Munich host Real Madrid (2:45
P.M. Fox Sports 1), while Leicester City travel to Atletico
Madrid (2:45 P.M., Fox Sports 2).