Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

first_img0Shares0000Juventus players celebrate winning after their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 19 – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil. But Juventus showed why they boast the best defensive record in the competition as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were blunted as the Italians gained revenge for their defeat in the 2015 Champions League final.Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday’s semi-final draw.Straight from kick-off the visitors seemed determined to learn from the French champions’ mistakes.Barcelona’s Neymar (L) and teammate Jordi Alba bend over after their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMassimiliano Allegri’s men pressed high to prevent Barca dominating possession and enjoyed the better of the early chances.Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain volleyed over from the edge of the area before only a brilliant challenge from Gerard Pique prevented Juan Cuadrado’s cross providing Higuain with a tap in.Barca had to wait 19 minutes for their first clear sight of goal as they intricately worked the ball around a packed Juventus box before Messi fired inches wide.Messi then Gianluigi Buffon’s palms for the first time on the half hour mark.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.Neymar had been Barca’s hero in a remarkable finish with two goals and an assist in the final minutes against PSG.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi grimaces during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOYet, he found it far harder up against friend and former Barca teammate Dani Alves and his frustrations at a perceived lack of protection from referee Bjorn Kuipers spilled over as he was booked just before half-time.Juventus also had the first big chance of the second half as Cuadrado fired across Ter Stegen but wide of the far post.Ter Stegen was then forced to turn behind another driven effort from the Colombian.Messi was being forced to come deep in search of possession, but he briefly had Juventus hearts in mouths with a low effort that was deflected inches wide.Barca boss Luis Enrique forlornly turned to Paco Alcacer from the bench as the hosts played with four forwards for the final half hour.Messi had another big chance after a rare Buffon handling error from a corner, but unfortunately for Barca it fell on his right foot and the Argentine fired well over.Sergi Roberto was Barca’s unlikely hero with the 95th minute goal that sealed the 6-1 win over PSG six weeks ago.Barcelona’s Luis Suarez (L) is tackled by Juventus’ Sami Khedira during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Josep LAGOHe nearly delivered another important and rare goal, but when the right-back’s effort flew inches wide 20 minutes from time so did Barcelona’s hopes.Juventus comfortably saw out the final stages to register their eighth clean sheet in 10 Champions League games this season.And the only negative news of the night for the Bianconeri was a yellow card for Sami Khedira that will rule the German international out of the first leg of their semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Water cleanup imperiled

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A more than two-year-old project that cleans polluted groundwater headed toward Pico Rivera from the San Gabriel Valley could be forced to shut down when money to operate it runs out next June, officials said Tuesday. The project, including two wells in Pico Rivera, a 6,000-foot-long water pipeline and a treatment plant, was originally funded with $10 million in federal money that also covered operating costs for seven years. But in March 2003, officials of Central Basin Municipal District, which operates the project, found that an additional $5 million will be needed to operate the site beyond June 2007. The $5 million will allow the treatment project to operate for an additional five years – the estimated time needed to completely clean the contaminated plume of ground water flowing from the San Gabriel Valley. The increased expense above the original $10 million was caused by rising electricity prices and a more expensive treatment plant, officials said. Central Basin’s General Manager Art Aguilar said the district has been trying since March 2003 to secure additional money to complete the cleanup project. But so far Congress has not come through. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We’ve been trying to get it,” Aguilar said. “There’s no problem if we get it. But we’re not sure what’s going to happen. Everybody’s uncertain on federal money, what with the government having such a deficit.” Calls placed Tuesday afternoon to Whittier-area congressional Rep. Grace Napolitano’s office were not returned. If no additional federal money is secured to continue, the district’s Board of Directors must decide whether to use its own money or seek a partner to help pay the $900,000 to $1 million annual operating costs, Aguilar said. The cleanup project was launched 21/2 years ago to catch and treat contaminated water that had flowed past an Environmental Protection Agency treatment plant in the Whittier Narrows Nature Center to the north. The industrial waste-contaminated water is pumped from the two wells to the treatment plant, where it is treated and cleaned and then pumped to Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier for use. So far nearly 2.4 billion gallons of water has been pumped since the project began, officials said. Van Jew, manager of engineering and operations for the Central Basin district, said pollutants in the ground water are still being detected, but the amounts appear to be going down since the project went on line. But Jew said he’s not certain how much of the contaminated plume has been eliminated. “At some point somebody needs to do a study,” said Jew, referring to the EPA. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more