Dani Alves explains what he told Neymar after Barcelona Champions League exit

Barcelona, Dortmund clutching European lifelines

The Catalans, as a result, crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the second successive season after losing to Atletico Madrid a year ago.

At the other end, Higuain threatened again when he just couldn't get enough power on Miralem Pjanic's dinked cross to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Juventus general manager, Beppe Marotta, has said that eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League, will count for nothing if they don't lift the trophy. When you face a side like this, with their attacking options, you think that one or two goals are always going to be scored. Messi then stung Gianluigi Buffon's palms for the first time on the half-hour mark.

"Aside from the result, the belief and character of our approach was excellent and it's a good confidence booster to qualify comfortably against what remains probably the best team in the world", Buffon told Mediaset Premium and RSI.

Barcelona had made the greatest comeback in the Champions League history last month when they overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris St Germain in the Round of 16 but Juventus didn't let Barcelona produce the same magnificence.

Messi could have boosted Barcelona's hopes in the 19th minute when a long buildup ended with Luis Suarez setting him up near the penalty spot, only for Messi to fire wide.

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The Italians were solid in defense and Giorgio Chiellini's experience was vital for Massimiliano Allegri's side.

While impressed by his team's defending, Allegri was less than happy with Juve's forwards during the game.

Messi' frustrating first half had a painful ending when he was caught by Miralem Pjanic while jumping for a ball. Barcelona will need another incredible comeback for the second straight round in the Champions League to advance.

"We are not in our best moment, but we can win", said defender Gerard Pique.

The Serie A giants came into the encounter with a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg at the Juventus Stadium.

While disappointed, Iniesta said the focus was now on beating La Liga leaders Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday with title holders Barca three points adrift.

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