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

June 10 2016On Wednesday evening we had a wonderf

first_imgJune 10, 2016On Wednesday evening we had a wonderful Shadow Puppet Show with story telling by some of the Arcosanti Residents.[photos by workshop participant Kevin Pappa, thank you Kevin, text by Sue Kirsch]The puppet show was conceived and put together by alumna Lily Ericsson. Lily interviewed a number of residents and edited the audio files, then cut the shadow puppets for the individual stories.She was assisted in the actual play by residents Rachel Holderbach and Andrew Herman, who presented the individual stories with lots of special effects including a waterfall. Great stories, much laughter, some very serious moments and lots of applause. Thank you Lily, this was a terrific gift to the community.Alumna Lily Ericsson is working towards her Graduate Degree A.M.F.A in Experimental Animation from the School of Film & Video at the California Institute of Fine Arts, Valencia, Ca. She returned for a research project and has been working in the Soleri Archives for the last four weeks, dividing her time between archive assignments and her research.last_img read more

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded 4G mobile spectrum

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has awarded 4G mobile spectrum to five companies – Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, Telefónica UK and Vodafone – raising a less-than-expected £2.3 billion (€2.7 billion) for the Treasury.According to Ofcom, almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end of 2017 at the latest.A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800MHz and 2.6GHz – equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices. The lower-frequency 800MHz band is part of the ‘digital dividend’ freed up when analogue terrestrial TV was switched off, and should deliver more widespread mobile coverage. The higher-frequency 2.6 GHz band is deemed to be suited to delivering capacity for faster speeds.BT spent £186 million to secure its slice of spectrum. The company plans to use the spectrum to complement its existing fixed and wireless services rather than to build its own mobile network.last_img read more