Neymar in flood of tears as FC Barcelona get knocked out of Champions League

first_imgShattered by the sheer manner of their quarter-final exit, Barcelona’s Neymar could not hold back his tears as his side laboured to a 0-0 draw against Juventus on Wednesday night in Camp Nou and crashed out of the Champions League owing to their first leg 3-0 mauling back in Turin on April 12. Before the match, Neymar had mentioned that he was confident of leading Barcelona to a PSG-like comeback and he believed in the skills and talent of his squad but all that was shut out by the solid defence of the Old Lady. (None of the other teams will want to play Juventus after ousting Barca: Leonardo Bonucci)”We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback.”I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost (already), so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Neymar had said before the match.Even as Neymar tried hard, it was his former club teammate Dani Alves who held his ground to not give him much chance and Neymar was unable to repeat his PSG heroics. (Dani Alves makes a victorious return to Camp Nou, but not with FC Barcelona)Though the whole of Barcelona was upset about the loss, Neymar was seen crying bitterly, trying to hide his face while his Brazilian teammate Alves gave him a consoling shoulder.Barcelona had made the greatest comeback in the Champions League history last month when they overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris St Germain in the Round of 16 but Juventus didn’t let Barcelona produce the same magnificence.advertisementNeymar had no words to say after the game but coach Luis Enrique said, “I will remember what happened in the first half in the Juventus Stadium for a very long time. Our participation in this tournament this season has been unforgettable but we had a poor first leg in Turin and that has cost us dear.” (Barcelona paid for mistakes in first leg: Luis Enrique)last_img read more