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Messi vs Dybala - Who was best?

Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots at goal, one of his many misses.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots at goal, one of his many misses.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala outshone his countryman Lionel Messi when scoring twice as Barcelona lost 3-0 in Turin last week.

But the older Argentinian had an opportunity to make amends against Juve and show up his young rival when the teams reunited at the Nou Camp for today's Champions League quarter-final.

Here, Press Association Sport determines which man put in the better performance during the goalless second leg.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Dybala was the star man at Juventus Stadium, with his first-half brace bewildering Barca while the usually prolific Messi found himself reduced to long shots by the imposing Bianconeri back-line.

But the diminutive striker from Rosario looked much livelier back at home, worrying Gianluigi Buffon by toe-poking past a post before the break and, after the restart, thrashing over from a one-two.

Messi turned it up in the second half, stinging Buffon's palms and hooking over as the Catalans desperately sought a breakthrough.

When the game entered its final 20 minutes, Dybala got a rare sight of goal, curling just wide of the mark. He then bowed out when defender Andrea Barzagli replaced him for the last-stand shutout.

CREATIVITY

Juve's game plan appeared to be more centred around supporting Gonzalo Higuain, another Argentinian, and in the beginning Dybala did well to provide him with some incisive passes, also helping Juan Cuadrado burst into the box on the overlap at regular intervals.

However, Sergio Busquets largely managed to subdue the Cordoba-born player before he could burst through from midfield and Samuel Umtiti was an immovable object in the Barca defence.

Messi was his usual all-action self, setting up Neymar and Luis Suarez for attempts on goal when he was not taking aim himself, although it was clear he was more determined to notch than assist.

DISCIPLINE

Dybala drew the ire of referee Bjorn Kuipers when asking for an opponent to be booked and he was later caught feigning injury as he sprang from a prostrate position to take the ball and rush at goal.

While his strike partner Neymar earned a yellow card just before the break, Messi, who suffered a cut face when he clattered the ground after challenging for a high ball, stayed out of trouble.

CONCLUSION

Messi was unable to score or help lead Barca to the mammoth comeback they required to reach the semi-finals, but he was an ever-present threat while Dybala seemed overwhelmed by the occasion.

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