Barcelona vs Juventus as it happened: Lionel Messi and co eliminated from Champions League

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Follow live updates from the Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp

Barcelona will hope they can pull off their second stunning Champions League comeback of the season when they meet Juventus on Wednesday night.

Live Updates

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League quarter-finals.
 
In the pick of tonight's games, Barcelona must come up with another stunning comeback to make this year's last four.
 
Luis Enrique's side eventually triumphed over Paris Saint-Germain, but Juventus pose a more formidable test.
 
Stay with us for team news, build-up and minute-by-minute updates...

Team news

Barcelona vs Juventus

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
 
Juventus: Buffon, Alves, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain.
 

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Ginter, Sokratis, Durm; Weigl, Şahin; Reus, Kagawa, Guerreiro; Aubameyang.
 
Monaco: Subašić; Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Moutinho, Bakayoko; Silva, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappé

What time does it start?

Both Barcelona vs Juventus and Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco kick off at 7.45pm BST.
Can Barcelona pull off another comeback?
Here's our chief football writer Miguel Delaney, who is in position at the Nou Camp tonight, on why a Barcelona comeback is even unlikelier this time around... 
 
The scene outside the Nou Camp... 
A Bayern Munich post-mortem...
 

Bayern Munich's latest European exit leaves questions of how exactly history will remember this side

"With the changing of the guard will come the inevitable period of revisionism. A process of peeling away the modern buzz and hype that has followed Bayern for at least the past five years and asks a very simple question: just how will history remember this team?" 
Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund:
 
Update: The Dortmund team bus has been delayed by 20 minutes so the game will now get under way at 7.50pm. Nothing sinister to it, thank goodness.
A teamsheet from the Nou Camp...
All eyes will be surely fixed on Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala as the two Argentines go head-to-head tonight. The latter saw his stock rise after bagging two goals against Barcelona last week and has already been tipped to fill Messi's shoes in the years to come. Another strong and rounded performance from the 23-year-old this evening will be vital to Juventus' hopes of seeing off their opponents and reaching the last four of Europe.
Here we go, we're moments from kick-off as the players make their way out into the Nou Camp!
Handshakes done, Champions League anthem over, pre-match rituals finished. We're almost there!
1 min: And that's the whistle! We're under way!
2 min: Juventus free-kick inside the Barcelona half. It's played short, worked out wide to the left flank before Sergi muscles in to force the throw-in.
4 min: Dybala wins a foul after being brought down by Iniesta. He had originally been rolling about on the deck after an earlier challenge, which the ref waved away, but, as if by magic, sprung to his feet to claim a loose ball before Iniesta intervened with his reckless challenge. It's as if Dybala was faking an injury...
6 min: Higuain shows some silky feet to skip past two Barcelona players before releasing Cuadrado down the right. The forward goes on to draw a foul from Pique near the right-hand side byline but Juventus struggle to make anything from the following free-kick.
9 min: Neymar races down the left flank to meet a long searching ball over the top but Bonucci comes barreling in to clear the danger. Barca free-kick but once again the Juventus defence stands strong and the delivery is nodded clear.
12 min: From just outside the Juventus box, Neymar dinks in a clever arcing ball to pick Suarez ahead of him. With his back to the goal, the forward attempts to nod sidewards to the incoming Messi but struggles to find his team-mate. Goal-kick for the visitors.
15 min: Juventus show their class with a series of short, sharp passes between themselves deep inside their own half before Cuadrado is let loose on the right. Storming towards the edge of the Barca box, he eyes Dybala to his left but Alba times his recovering challenge to perfection to deny the cross and halt Juventus' attack in its tracks.
19 min: Barcelona starting to ask some testing questions as Messi and Iniesta float ominously across the edge of the Juventus box, sharing the ball greedily between themselves. The space eventually opens up for Messi to pounce who shifts the ball onto his left before taking it the other way and letting fire with a shot. It's blocked and the danger is booted clear.

What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 7.45pm BST on Wednesday 19 April.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7.00pm. 

Or better it yet, click back onto this page ahead of kick-off and follow all the drama with our live commentary.

Preview

Barcelona looked down and out after losing the first leg of their last-16 tie 4-0 against Paris St Germain in February, but produced a remarkable 6-1 second-leg triumph last month to reach the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

They gave themselves another mountain to climb as they suffered a crushing 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin last Tuesday in the first leg of the last-eight meeting, but their past form would suggest they cannot be written off just yet.

It’s a big game for…

Dani Alves: The Brazilian right back, who moved from the Nou Camp to Turin last year, helped keep former team mate Neymar quiet in the quarter-final first leg on April 11 as Juventus won 3-0 at home.

And ahead of the second-leg Alves remarked that should they win this evening, they will be eliminating the best team in the world from the Champions League. No pressure, then.

Remember when…


Ten-man Juventus booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a dramatic extra-time victory over Barcelona.

Form

Barcelona: WLLWWW

​Juventus: WWWLDW

Odds

Barcelona: 10/21

Draw: 19/5

Juventus: 21/4

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