Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Neymar isn't eyeing Madrid controversy, he only has designs on being the world's greatest

Neymar isn't eyeing Madrid controversy, he only has designs on being the world's greatest

Neymar isn't eyeing Madrid controversy, he only has designs on being the world's greatest

Neymar isn't eyeing Madrid controversy, he only has designs on being the world's greatest

'For f***'s sake' - Angry Neymar storms away from Real Madrid questions

The Paris Saint-Germain striker stormed away from journalists after being quizzed on reports linking him with a move to the La Liga champions

Neymar storms out of mixzone

Neymar stormed out of the mixzone after Paris Saint-Germain's 7-1 UEFA Champions League win over Celtic on Wednesday

Neymar storms out of mixzone

Neymar stormed out of the mixzone after Paris Saint-Germain's 7-1 UEFA Champions League win over Celtic on Wednesday

Neymar storms out of mixzone

Neymar stormed out of the mixzone after Paris Saint-Germain's 7-1 UEFA Champions League win over Celtic on Wednesday

Angered Neymar storms away from Real Madrid questions

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar stormed away from journalists after being quizzed on reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

Neymar form no surprise for Alves

Neymar starred as PSG thrashed Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday and Dani Alves has grown accustomed to such displays.

Neymar's form is no surprise - Alves

PSG defender Dani Alves admits compatriot Neymar's form is no surprise after the Brazilian again starred for the French giants in the UEFA Champions League.

Neymar's form is no surprise - Alves

PSG defender Dani Alves admits compatriot Neymar's form is no surprise after the Brazilian again starred for the French giants in the UEFA Champions League.

Neymar's form is no surprise - Alves

PSG defender Dani Alves admits compatriot Neymar's form is no surprise after the Brazilian again starred for the French giants in the UEFA Champions League.

Neymar alone

Paris Saint-Germain's striker Neymar walks on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League football match against Glasgow Celtic (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)

Emery hails 'extraordinary' Neymar after stunning Celtic win

The Scottish champions took an early lead against Paris Saint-Germain, but Neymar scored twice as the French giants roared back to win 7-1

Emery hails 'extraordinary' Neymar after stunning Celtic win

The Scottish champions took an early lead against Paris Saint-Germain, but Neymar scored twice as the French giants roared back to win 7-1

Emery hails Neymar after stunning Celtic win

Celtic took an early lead against Paris Saint-Germain, but Neymar scored twice as the French giants roared back to win 7-1.

Paris Saint-Germain's striker Neymar walks on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Glasgow Celtic November 22, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain's striker Neymar walks on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Glasgow Celtic November 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Champions League top scorers: Cavani and Neymar close in on Ronaldo in 2017-18 golden boot race

As Europe's elite battle it out for glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

Paris Saint-Germain's striker Neymar (R) fights for the ball with Celtic's midfielder Nir Bitton during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match November 22, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain's striker Neymar (R) fights for the ball with Celtic's midfielder Nir Bitton during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match November 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)

Chelsea, Barcelona Punch UCL Knockout Tickets, Griezmann Gives Atletico a Lifeline

Barcelona and Chelsea secured their places in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Atletico Madrid kept its hopes alive with a dramatic win over Roma and Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Basel.

Atletico had to win to avoid an early exit and did so thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s first goal for eight matches, a spectacular hooked volley over his shoulder setting the hosts on their way to a 2-0 win. Roma, though, will go through if it beats Qarabag at home in two weeks. Chelsea beat the Azebaijani side on the road, with Willian scoring twice against the 10-man side to move to first in the group.

Manchester United could join its fellow Premier League side in the last 16, faltering in the second half and conceding a last-minute winner to Michael Lang.

In the other game in the group, Igor Akinfeev finally ended his run of 43 Champions League games without keeping a clean sheet, as CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-0. Georgi Schennikov was perhaps offside as he latched onto Bebras Natcho’s throughball to score the first, and Jardel was unfortunate to deflect Vitinho’s cross into his own net, but this was a desperately poor display from Benfica, which set a new Portuguese record of six successive Champions League defeats. Man United leads Basel and CSKA by two points.

Barcelona secured the top spot in its group with a 0-0 draw away to Juventus, which leads Sporting by a point after the Portugese side beat Olympiakos 3-1. Bas Dost, having failed to score in the group stage this season, scored twice.

PSG, meanwhile, took its tally for the group stage to 24 goals, setting a new Champions League record with one game still to play, in thrashing Celtic 7-1, Neymar and Edinson Cavani both scored twice on a day when Celtic actually led after 56 seconds, thanks to Moussa Dembele's opener.

PSG is still not guaranteed top spot in the group, as Bayern won 2-1 away to Anderlecht. Bayern, though, would have to beat PSG by four goals in their final group game to supplant the French power.

Here are three thoughts on the day in the Champions League, with just one match remaining for each team in the group stage:

GRIEZMANN GIVES ATLETICO A LIFELINE

Griezmann has been out of sorts this season, widely blamed for Atletico’s indifferent form, but having failed to score in his previous eight games, he lashed in an acrobatic volley after 69 minutes to ensure that Atletico will at least be fighting for qualification for the knockout phase in the final round of games.

Atletico had outplayed Roma in Italy on Matchday One, but had been held to a 0-0 draw thanks to a superb display from Brazilian goalkeeper Allison. Since then, though, Atletico has dwindled. Although its only defeat this season was in its home Champions League game against Chelsea, it has drawn 10 times. It’s debatable whether the cause is as simple, as some have suggested, as the club lacking an in-form striker, but at the moment it feels as though it's in a holding pattern before Diego Costa is available in January.

It looked for a long time like another evening of frustration was in the cards, as Augusto Fernandez had a first-half effort ruled out for handball, and Radja Nainggolan almost put Roma ahead with a cross that struck the near post. But Griezmann’s goal changed everything. Bruno Peres was sent off after collecting a second yellow card and then Kevin Gameiro latched into a Griezmann pass to add a late second. Simeone's side isn't in the clear, but at least it has a pulse going into the finale.

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WILLIAN DOWNS 10-MAN QARABAG

As an uneasy peace reigns, Chelsea secured its place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable win away to Qarabag. The decisive moment came after 19 minutes as Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov was penalized for a slight tug on Willian. The award of a penalty and a red card–the third suffered in three successive games for the Azerbaijani champions, only the third time a team has suffered such a run in the Champions League–was harsh but not unfair. Eden Hazard converted from the spot.

Willian became the key figure as Chelsea ran away with it, scoring two and winning another penalty. Hazard's backheel laid in the Brazilian to add a second nine minutes before halftime. Cesc Fabregas converted another penalty, awarded after Gara Garayev had pulled Willian back, to make absolutely sure of the three points with 17 minutes remaining. But for good measure, Willian then drove in the fourth from outside the box in sensational fashion, punching Chelsea's ticket to the next phase.

MAN UNITED WOBBLES TOWARD KNOCKOUT STAGE

Six years ago, Manchester United’s Champions League campaign came to an end in Basel. This defeat wasn’t as significant–it would take a combination of a heavy loss to CSKA in the group finale and a Benfica win over Basel to keep United from advancing– but it was a worrying display. United had been much the better side in the first half, twice hitting the woodwork, but in the second half the intensity dropped and Basel came increasingly into the game. It was all most un-Mourinho-like.

Nemanja Matic was brought on to try to shore things up, but when he squandered possession in the final minute, Raoul Petretta crossed low from the left and Michael Lang converted from a tight angle at the back post. United should still go through, and will probably feel it was the better side even here, but the second-half laxity invited the defeat.

Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe score as PSG routs Celtic 7-1

PSG's Neymar kicks the ball during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe score as PSG routs Celtic 7-1

PSG's Neymar, center, dribbles past Celtic's Kieran Tierney, left, and Celtic's Jozo Simunovic, 2nd right, during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe score as PSG routs Celtic 7-1

PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring his side's sixth goal during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe score as PSG routs Celtic 7-1

PSG's Layvin Kurzawa, left, is challenged by Celtic's Thomas Rogic during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Paris St-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Brendan Rodgers' side limp out of Champions League following chastening defeat

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St-Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes. Former PSG youth player Moussa Dembélé fired Celtic into a stunning first-minute lead but the home side reacted to the loss of their first goal in the Champions League this season with a Neymar double and goals from Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé before the break. PSG, who won 5-0 at Parkhead on matchday one, were even more ruthless in the second half with goals from Marco Verratti, Cavani and Dani Alves completing the rout. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had described the PSG as “the best of the best” and they made a good case for that accolade after their early set-back, making it five Group B wins out of five. The Scottish champions will now have to recover to try to clinch their Europa League spot in their final fixture against Anderlecht in Glasgow next month. However, after a less than minute Dembélé turned the game on its head. Dani Alves had conceded a corner with a careless pass back and when Ntcham played the ball to his fellow countryman he drove it high past keeper Alphonse Areola from 16 yards. Moussa Dembélé caused an early upset when the Celtic striker scored a first-minute goal in Paris Credit:  REUTERS The home side were rattled but they levelled rather easily in the ninth minute through Neymar, the Brazilian taking a pass from midfielder Adrien Rabiot and from an angle steering it past Craig Gordon. The Scottish champion soon suffered another blow when right-back Mikael Lustig went off injured to be replaced by stand-in defender Nir Bitton. Celtic, however, kept pressing PSG and Ntcham came close with a 20-yard drive but Neymar showed his class again in the 22nd minute when he played a one-two with Verratti and again clipped the ball past Gordon and in off the far post. Cavani missed the target but only by inches with a left-footed volley before a header across goal from Neymar in the 28th minute, following a Julian Draxler cross, allowed him to knock from close range. The writing was on the wall for Celtic in the 22nd minute after Neymar had scored his second goal Credit: REUTERS The fourth came in the 35th minute when the ball fell to the unmarked Mbappé who, from 10 yards, drove into the far corner. Dembélé screwed wide early in the second-half before PSG began to play keep-ball before stepping it up again in the latter stages. Gordon had no chance in the 75th minute when Verratti drilled the ball through a packed defence after Mbappé’s cut-back had been cleared to his feet. Cavani volleyed in number six from a tight angle three minutes later before Dani Alves curled in number seven from outside the box as demoralised Celtic prayed for the final whistle to end their nightmare.

Paris St-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Brendan Rodgers' side limp out of Champions League following chastening defeat

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St-Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes. Former PSG youth player Moussa Dembélé fired Celtic into a stunning first-minute lead but the home side reacted to the loss of their first goal in the Champions League this season with a Neymar double and goals from Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé before the break. PSG, who won 5-0 at Parkhead on matchday one, were even more ruthless in the second half with goals from Marco Verratti, Cavani and Dani Alves completing the rout. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had described the PSG as “the best of the best” and they made a good case for that accolade after their early set-back, making it five Group B wins out of five. The Scottish champions will now have to recover to try to clinch their Europa League spot in their final fixture against Anderlecht in Glasgow next month. However, after a less than minute Dembélé turned the game on its head. Dani Alves had conceded a corner with a careless pass back and when Ntcham played the ball to his fellow countryman he drove it high past keeper Alphonse Areola from 16 yards. Moussa Dembélé caused an early upset when the Celtic striker scored a first-minute goal in Paris Credit:  REUTERS The home side were rattled but they levelled rather easily in the ninth minute through Neymar, the Brazilian taking a pass from midfielder Adrien Rabiot and from an angle steering it past Craig Gordon. The Scottish champion soon suffered another blow when right-back Mikael Lustig went off injured to be replaced by stand-in defender Nir Bitton. Celtic, however, kept pressing PSG and Ntcham came close with a 20-yard drive but Neymar showed his class again in the 22nd minute when he played a one-two with Verratti and again clipped the ball past Gordon and in off the far post. Cavani missed the target but only by inches with a left-footed volley before a header across goal from Neymar in the 28th minute, following a Julian Draxler cross, allowed him to knock from close range. The writing was on the wall for Celtic in the 22nd minute after Neymar had scored his second goal Credit: REUTERS The fourth came in the 35th minute when the ball fell to the unmarked Mbappé who, from 10 yards, drove into the far corner. Dembélé screwed wide early in the second-half before PSG began to play keep-ball before stepping it up again in the latter stages. Gordon had no chance in the 75th minute when Verratti drilled the ball through a packed defence after Mbappé’s cut-back had been cleared to his feet. Cavani volleyed in number six from a tight angle three minutes later before Dani Alves curled in number seven from outside the box as demoralised Celtic prayed for the final whistle to end their nightmare.

Paris St-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Brendan Rodgers' side limp out of Champions League following chastening defeat

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St-Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes. Former PSG youth player Moussa Dembélé fired Celtic into a stunning first-minute lead but the home side reacted to the loss of their first goal in the Champions League this season with a Neymar double and goals from Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé before the break. PSG, who won 5-0 at Parkhead on matchday one, were even more ruthless in the second half with goals from Marco Verratti, Cavani and Dani Alves completing the rout. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had described the PSG as “the best of the best” and they made a good case for that accolade after their early set-back, making it five Group B wins out of five. The Scottish champions will now have to recover to try to clinch their Europa League spot in their final fixture against Anderlecht in Glasgow next month. However, after a less than minute Dembélé turned the game on its head. Dani Alves had conceded a corner with a careless pass back and when Ntcham played the ball to his fellow countryman he drove it high past keeper Alphonse Areola from 16 yards. Moussa Dembélé caused an early upset when the Celtic striker scored a first-minute goal in Paris Credit:  REUTERS The home side were rattled but they levelled rather easily in the ninth minute through Neymar, the Brazilian taking a pass from midfielder Adrien Rabiot and from an angle steering it past Craig Gordon. The Scottish champion soon suffered another blow when right-back Mikael Lustig went off injured to be replaced by stand-in defender Nir Bitton. Celtic, however, kept pressing PSG and Ntcham came close with a 20-yard drive but Neymar showed his class again in the 22nd minute when he played a one-two with Verratti and again clipped the ball past Gordon and in off the far post. Cavani missed the target but only by inches with a left-footed volley before a header across goal from Neymar in the 28th minute, following a Julian Draxler cross, allowed him to knock from close range. The writing was on the wall for Celtic in the 22nd minute after Neymar had scored his second goal Credit: REUTERS The fourth came in the 35th minute when the ball fell to the unmarked Mbappé who, from 10 yards, drove into the far corner. Dembélé screwed wide early in the second-half before PSG began to play keep-ball before stepping it up again in the latter stages. Gordon had no chance in the 75th minute when Verratti drilled the ball through a packed defence after Mbappé’s cut-back had been cleared to his feet. Cavani volleyed in number six from a tight angle three minutes later before Dani Alves curled in number seven from outside the box as demoralised Celtic prayed for the final whistle to end their nightmare.

Paris Saint-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Cavani and Neymar score braces in sparkling win

Celtic took an early lead against Paris Saint-Germain, but the French giants bounced back in breathtaking fashion to secure a 7-1 win.

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.