Juventus produced a defensive masterclass to shut out Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp last night.

The damage was all done in the first leg, where Paulo Dybala bagged a double and Giorgio Chiellini added a third to put the Bianconeri in a great position going into the second game.

Barcelona were of course in an even worse position when they were leathered 4-0 first leg by PSG, before they produced that incredible 6-1 win on home soil to advance to the next round.

The difference in this game, though, was that unlike PSG, who completely fell apart, Juventus held firm and barely gave Barca a sniff. For the first time in ages, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and co. lacked ideas and despite their best efforts, they could not get past the brick wall of Juventus.

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Right in the centre of that wall was the centre-back partnership of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. The two played out of their skin, conjuring up a series of blocks, clearances and tackles.

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A fitting token for their remarkable achievement in stopping Messi and the gang from scoring in 180 minutes of football would be for one to receive the Argentine's shirt and that is exactly what both men were after, it seems.

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In a clip that is doing the rounds, ESPN cameras have captured footage of both Bonucci and Chiellini playfully fighting over who gets Messi's shirt after the game. Chiellini may well just be moaning at his defensive partner and getting to maintain focus and concentration, while the power of lip-reading suggests that Bonucci was desperate to swap shirts with Messi.

Around 13 seconds, the subtitles, roughly translated, say that the Italian said: "Leo, can we swap shirts?".

Watch it here:

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In the end, Bonucci won the duel and swapped shirts with the four-time Ballon d'Or win.

He was absolutely delighted with the memento, as will his son.

Speaking after the game, he is quoted as saying:

"Getting Messi's shirt at the end of the game? I was pleased to have the jersey of the best player in the world. My son will be very happy."

Josh Lawless

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