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UCL: Dybala’s brace wreck Barca

Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus recorded a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Turin on Tuesday night.
Dybala netted twice in the first 45 minutes of action, before Giorgio Chiellini added a third early in the second period as the Italian champions secured a three-goal advantage ahead of the return match at Camp Nou.
Juventus should have taken the lead in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain met an super free kick from Pjanic, but the Argentine’s header was straight into the grateful arms of Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The early pressure from the Italian champions was relentless, however, and they made the breakthrough in the seventh minute of action when a cute pass from Juan Cuadrado found Dybala, who fired the ball into the bottom corner with a super finish.
Juventus doubled their lead as Dybala found the bottom corner with an inch-perfect finish after Manduzkic had picked out his teammate from a wide position.
Lionel Messi had the ball in the back of the Juventus net in the 30th minute after smart work from Luis Suarez, but the goal was disallowed for offside as Barcelona had to endure more frustration at the Juventus Stadium.
Juventus went in search of their third goal in the latter stages of the first period and came close through Pjanic and Higuain, but Barcelona managed to avoid falling further behind as the Spanish champions were left with much to ponder ahead of the second 45 minutes.
Higuain had a wonderful chance to send the home side 3-0 ahead in the 54th minute after finding all sorts of space inside the Barcelona box, but the Argentine could not beat Ter Stegen from close range.
Juventus were purring though and the Italians scored their third in the 55th minute when Chiellini rose above Javier Mascherano inside the Barcelona box to head a corner from Pjanic into the bottom corner via the post.
The pressure from the Spanish champions continued into the final five minutes and beyond, but Juventus held strong as the Italian champions put one foot in the semi-finals ahead of the return match at Camp Nou next week.