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FC Barcelona chief coach Luis Enrique has taken the entire blame for the Catalan football giants' 0-3 defeat to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie.

Barcelona have been underwhelming this season losing to Malaga in the weekend and then conceding two goals by halftime against Juventus on Tuesday. Paulo Dybala scored both the goals with Giorgio Chiellini adding gloss to the scoreline with a third strike.

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Paulo Dybala scored a first-half brace to lead Juventus to a 3-0 victory against Barcelona in the first leg, giving the Catalan football giants a huge task in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Barcelona on Tuesday put themselves in the position of needing another miracle to stay alive in Europe's elite club competition, thanks to Juventus, who delivered a complete performance to extend their home unbeaten streak in European play to 22 matches.

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FC Barcelona need to pick up the pieces following their shock 0-2 La Liga defeat away against Malaga on Saturday night as they face Italian football champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Saturday saw Barcelona take to the pitch in Malaga knowing the destiny of the Spanish league title was in their hands as a win in the Rosaleda Stadium and a win away to Real Madrid would have put them in pole position in the title race.

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Valencia CF on Monday announced that the Spanish football club will make the contract of on-loan Italian forward Simone Zaza permanent from July 1.

"Zaza will become a Valencia CF player on a permanent basis, in accordance with the terms of the current loan agreement for the player signed with Juventus FC. The Italian striker's contract will run through to June 2021," Valencia said in a statement.

Turin-based Italian champions Juventus also announced that the permanent transfer fee is 16 million euros ($16.9 million), to be paid in two financial years, and may increase by a further two million euros ($2.1 million) on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract".

 

The Champions League draw pits Europe's four heavyweight football clubs in the quarter-finals that also see underdogs vying for a place in the final four showdown. The draw, held here on Friday, left Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid and Juventus grappling with FC Barcelona - in two pairings that are set to absorb soccer fans and viewers across the globe.

The ceremony, presided over by UEFA's director of competitions, Giorgio Marchetti, also portended a hard-fought battle between Atletico Madrid and Leicester City, while Borussia Dortmund will clash with AS Monaco.

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty was enough for Juventus as the Italian football champions shut out Portuguese club Porto 1-0 to complete a 3-0 win on aggregate in their Champions League pre-quarterfinal tie.

The match at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday was decided in the 42nd minute, when Porto's Maxi Pereira was sent off after receiving a straight red card for hand ball off a Gonzalo Higuain's goal-bound flick and Dybala coolly converted the penalty to put the hosts ahead 1-0.

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Serie A leaders Juventus took their lead to 10 points provisionally following their 2-0 win over Empoli in Turin, while third-placed Napoli bowed to a fast-rising Atalanta at home in the Italian football league.

Five-time defending champions Juventus on Saturday night broke Empoli's resistance in the second half when a Mario Mandzukic header off a right cross from Juan Cuadrado induced an own goal for Lukasz Skorupski in the 52nd minute.

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