It’s over for Barcelona. Lionel Messi’s luck ran out on April 19, as his team was eliminated from the Champions League after failing to defeat Juventus! To make matters worse, Lionel walked away from the disappointing stalemate with a swollen black eye!
To quote the late Yogi Berra, it was like déjà vu all over again. Barcelona needed a brilliant come-from-behind victory in the second leg of a Champions League matchup in order to avoid elimination, and while they were able to dodge a bullet in the Round of 16, Lionel Messi, 29, and crew couldn’t pull off a back-to-back miracle when they met Juventus on April 19.
When the final whistle blew, there were no goals – only heartbreak. Having lost the first leg, 0-3, Barcelona needed at least 4 goals in this game if they wanted to advance to the semis. What they ended up with was a big fat zero. The Italians’ defense neutered all of Barca’s attacks. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 39, was a brick wall for the whole game, denying Messi, Neymar, 25, Luis Suarez, 30, and any other Barca player from scoring, according to BBC.
To add injury to insult, Messi walked off this match sporting a black eye. At the 44th minute of the contest, Lionel leapt into an areal challenge with Juve’s Miralem Pjanic, 27, according to The Guardian. Pjanic leaned into the collision, sending Lionel crashing down face-first to the turf. OUCH. Neymar went CRAZY over this, tackling a Juventus defender. Somehow, he didn’t get sent off the pitch after that.
— Serie A English (@SerieA_English) April 19, 2017
Neymar after the game, keep your head up kid. You gave it your all. pic.twitter.com/6luLpmpFfy
— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) April 19, 2017
A 4-0 victory wasn’t unreasonable to the Barca fans who witnessed their team pull off a similarly impossible feat against Paris Saint-Germain. PSG defeated Barca 4-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 matchup, and when the French side travelled to Camp Nou on March 8, many thought it was curtains for the Spanish squad.
Instead, the Blaugrana pulled off the biggest comeback in Champions League history, going 6-1 over PSG to send the Parisians packing. Many thought that Messi and crew could do it again. Instead, they’ll watch the rest of the Champions League – featuring rivals Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Juve — from home.
Are you sad that Barcelona was eliminated, HollywoodLifers? Or were you rooting for them to lose?