Juventus star Khedira to miss first leg of Champions League semi-final

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The midfielder will miss his club's semi-final first leg after picking up his third yellow card of the competition in the win over Barcelona

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will miss the first leg of the Champions League semi-final after being booked in both legs of his side's last-eight victory over Barcelona.

The 30-year-old was handed a yellow card for a 64th-minute lunge on Luis Suarez during Wednesday's 0-0 second-leg draw at Camp Nou, which sealed a 3-0 aggregate triumph.

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That was Khedira's third yellow of the competition after he had already been booked in last week's Turin first leg and in the away group-stage win over Sevilla.

However, the other two Juve players in danger of suspension – Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic – avoided the attention of referee Bjorn Kuipers against Barca, ensuring their semi-final availability, with previous bookings now wiped out ahead of the final four.

Juve will face either Atletico Madrid, Monaco or holders Real Madrid for a place in the final.

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