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Juventus 0 – 2 Barcelona

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Juventus 0 – 2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored as Barcelona comfortably beat Juventus to make it two wins from two in the Champions League.

Dembele opened the scoring when his deflected shot looped over Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus goal.

Messi then wrapped up the win in stoppage time when he coolly converted a penalty after substitute Ansu Fati had been fouled.

When the draw for the group stage had been made, this fixture caught the eye for the possibility of a Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi reunion for the first time in two years.

However, Ronaldo was left out of the squad after having another test for Covid-19 earlier this week, with the Portugal international self-isolating since a positive test on 13 October.

Without him, Juventus lacked bite and although Alvaro Morata had the ball in the back of the net on three occasions, each one was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.

Juventus also had Merih Demiral sent off before Barcelona scored their second with the Turkey international picking up a second yellow card.

Victory means Barcelona are top of Group G, three points ahead of Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv.
It has been a whirlwind few days for Barcelona. They lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday before the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Barcelona have been poor by their own high standards so far this season, having won just two of their first five La Liga games, but there were glimpses of them back to their best in this game.

Their passing was at times slick with Messi unsurprisingly at the heart of the best moments.

The victory should perhaps have been by a greater margin against a Juventus side that offered very little but after a difficult week, Barcelona will take the win as a step in the right direction. Ronaldo made a typically blistering start to the season with three goals in Juventus’ first two games but he has not been involved since 27 September after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Italians are certainly feeling his absence having now managed to win just once in the four games without him.

They lacked a real cutting edge against Barcelona, failing to register a single shot on target in the entirety of this game.

The hosts may feel aggrieved that Morata had every one of his strikes ruled out, but ultimately Barcelona were deserved winners for a dominant display.


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