Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Juventus made to wait for Serie A title after surprise defeat

Juventus made to wait for Serie A title after surprise defeat

0 - Lionel Messi has failed to score in any of his last 11 Champions League quarterfinal appearances for Barcelona; since netting against Paris Saint-Germain in April 2013, the Argentina forward has attempted 49 shots without success at this stage of the competition.

However, a header from Kevin Bonifazi just after half time was followed by 37-year-old Sergio Floccari's strike to gave the hosts an unlikely lead.

Mattia Perin replaced Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus goal with Kean getting his second start alongside Paulo Dybala up front.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday, Smalling said he had a "brief chat" with Messi after the game at Old Trafford. They looked dominant in the midfield and were pressing Barcelona in the first half. "We played with a lot of youngsters".

The Italy global became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A matches, having scored six in as many games, and played in just eight this season.

It was just the second defeat of the season for Juventus, after falling 2-0 to Genoa on March 17.

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Udinese remained four points above the bottom three.

Roma has a crucial match next week as it travels to third-placed Inter Milan.

But, Wednesday's game will not be one that's reminisced on in years to come and Woodward must realize that without serious investment in the squad it will be a long time until there's another "classic" encounter between these two European giants.

However, Barcelona can't be complacent after United's heroics in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 against PSG. In heavy rain in Rome, Dzeko scored his first home league goal in almost a year.

And data crunchers at Fivethirtyeight which grades each team's defensive and offensive capabilities while looking at round-by-round probabilities says Juventus has a mere 9% chance of progressing all the way to the Champions League trophy on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

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