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Arsenal and Barcelona through to Champions League semis

Written by: Staff

LONDON, Apr 5 (Reuters) Arsenal reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time after a 0-0 draw with Juventus today secured a 2-0 aggregate victory.

Title favourites Barcelona, who won Europe's elite club competition in 1992, advanced to the last four for the 14th time in their history after a 2-0 home win against Benfica.

Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o were on target for the Spanish league leaders after the first leg in Lisbon had ended in a goalless draw.

In Turin, Juve rarely looked like scoring as Arsenal produced a record eighth successive clean-sheet in the competition. The home team's frustration was complete when Pavel Nedved was sent off for a bad tackle on Emmanuel Eboue in the 77th minute.

Barcelona next meet six-times former champions AC Milan, who knocked out Olympique Lyon yesterday. Arsenal will play Spanish debutants Villarreal, conquerors of Inter Milan.

Reuters PG VP0242

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