The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, April 14 and Monday, 17, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.
The hosts dominated from the off and were 2-0 ahead in the first 22 minutes thanks to left-footed strikes from Dybala.
A brilliant header from Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 early in the second half, and although Barca dominated possession and sporadically looked dangerous going forward, they were second best throughout and could not find an away goal.
Barcelona will now need a comeback performance to match the one they produced against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 if they are to make the final four after the second leg at the Camp Nou on April 19.
Squawka provided both lineups ahead of kick-off:
Juventus started with obvious intent, barely allowing Barca into their half in the opening exchanges.
Gonzalo Higuain arguably should have put Juve a goal up in the third minute, but he could only aim his header from Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Four minutes later Dybala did put the hosts ahead.
He received the ball in the box from Juan Cuadrado, turned brilliantly and curled home a left-footed finish.
Per the Times‘ Martyn Ziegler, while it was a fine strike from the Argentina international, Barcelona were culpable for some lax defending:
Having been completely dominated early on, Barca started to come into the game after going 1-0 down. Only a brilliant Gianluigi Buffon save denied Andres Iniesta levelling from close range after a pinpoint Lionel Messi ball in the 22nd minute.
But from the Old Lady’s subsequent attack, Dybala made it 2-0, per Italian football writer Paolo Bandini:
BT Sport Football provided footage of the goal as the 23-year-old striker swept home from the edge of the box, Barca again at fault for allowing him far too much space:
On the half hour, Lionel Messi put the ball in the net after robbing the ball from SamiKhedira and exchanging passes with Luis Suarez, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.
Barca dominated the early proceedings of the second half as they looked to get back in the tie, and Juve looked happy to let the visitors come at them.
Messi and Iniesta both saw chances go begging in the eight minutes after the break, but further decent opportunities for Higuain proved Barcelona were still vulnerable at the back.
Chiellini’s goal in the 55th minute came after Juve’s first spell of pressure in the second half and was a bullet header from a corner that rolled home off the inside of the post.
Per Sports Illustrated‘s Grant Wahl, the veteran Italian defender did very well to shake off an over-eager Javier Mascherano to deal potentially the killer blow in the tie:
Unsurprisingly, Juventus then sat back to protect their lead, and Barca had their chances in the final 35 minutes, with Suarez and Neymar both going close.
There was some tension from the home crowd as Barcelona pushed forward late on, but in the end Juve saw out the victory fairly comfortably and took a huge step towards the semi-finals.
Despite Juve’s convincing win Pjanic insisted afterwards that the tie is far from over, citing Barca’s recent heroics against PSG, per BT Sport (via BBC Sport’s Gary Rose):
Of course we are very happy but it is not finished yet. We know what they did against Paris and we have to not do that.
We will see in the second game. The team in this first game played very well but we have to be careful. Barcelona have great players and we have to play the same game—try and score a goal. It is not finished, this is just the first half.
Barca manager Luis Enrique, meanwhile, bemoaned his side’s lack of fortune and described the match as a “nightmare,” per Rose: “On nightmare days like this one we have not had that touch of luck to get us back into the tie.”
Efe, the winner of Big Brother Naija!
What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung Aduwak took charge so brilliantly, there was a similar eruption of incandescent joy. I was relieved because for about 70 days, the Big Brother Naija show was a big distraction, crass capitalism at its most cynical edge, a source of unmanageable madness in homes and on the streets. Now that it is over, it is time for some honest frank talk for the attention of all stakeholders involved.
Day 1094, 195 girls still missing!
By Patricia Zengerle and Felix Onuah WASHINGTON/ABUJA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram, sources said on Monday, in a deal that could be worth up to $600 million.
The Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration originally agreed on the sale, but delayed it after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians.
The Trump administration wants to push ahead to boost Nigeria’s efforts to fight Boko Haram and bolster hiring in the United States by defense firms.
“We’ve been told that the administration is going to go forward with that transaction,” a congressional aide said.
Formal notification of the deal has not yet been sent to Congress but is expected shortly. Trump has said he plans to go ahead with foreign defense sales delayed under Obama by human rights concerns.
A senior Nigerian military source in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, confirmed that the sale would go ahead and said it would also involve training, surveillance and military intelligence “to support … the ongoing insurgency war.”
In March, the Trump administration informed Congress of its plans to pursue a $5 billion sale to Bahrain of Lockheed Martin F-16s and related equipment, which had been held up under Obama when Bahrain failed to meet human rights targets.
Reuters first reported the Obama administration’s plan to sell the Embraer aircraft to Nigeria in May 2016, as a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to reform the military.
The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.
Trump’s plan to move ahead with the Nigerian sale was first reported on Monday by the Associated Press.
The U.S. congressional source said rights concerns remain, despite support for the sale from some lawmakers. There are also questions about whether Nigeria will be able to pay the full $600 million for the aircraft, equipment, training and support.
U.S. officials said Buhari raised frustration with delays in the sale in a phone call with Trump in February.
(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Mike Stone; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and James Dalgleish)
A Bill for an Act to abolish the discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma in same profession passed second reading in the House of Reps.