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Messi Shines As Barca Crush Juve

UCL Match Report: FC Barcelona v Juventus 12 September 2017

By SL International - Sep 12, 2017 10:37 PM

UEFA Champions League

Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Juventus

Date: 12 September 2017

Venue: Camp Nou

Lionel Messi netted a brace as FC Barcelona crushed Serie A champions Juventus 3-0 in their opening UEFA Champions League clash.

Ousmane Demebele was handed his first start by Ernesto Valverde, with Gerrard Deulofeu dropping to the bench.

The Serie A champions went close to taking the lead in the 12th minute through Mirlam Pjanic, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen produced a fine save to deny the midfielder from distance.

Luis Suarez went close to breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes, but the Uruguayan's volley was kept out by Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.

After a quiet spell in the half, the hosts eventually broke the deadlock in the 45th minute courtesy of a close range finish from Messi.

Barca doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second hlaf as Ivan Rakitic fired from 12-yards out, after Juventus failed to clear Messi's low cross.

The Catalan giants continued to dominate and they bagged a third goal in the 69th minute as Messi fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

With the hosts comfortably leading, Valverde withdrew Rakitic for Paulinho in the 77th minute before Andre Gomes replaced Iniesta a few minutes later.

The Catalan giants managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease as they begin the campaign with three points.

 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 15, 2017 07:16 AM
With Messi everything is possable!
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mjoster Sep 14, 2017 06:47 AM
It could be a good thing for Barca, if they get the midfield and defense clicking. And Messi and Suarez stay healthy up front. Because the 3 'super attackers' started to look like a bit too much of a good thing, like they were getting in each other's way. 2 of those should be enough, and now they have Dembele as the quick, dribbly, wingy outlet alongside, and Paulinho ain't bad either to clamp things down in midfield if needed. So we;ll see.
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GENTHO GTZ Sep 13, 2017 11:12 AM
He is my number 1..he's the best jassey number 10
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GENTHO GTZ Sep 13, 2017 11:10 AM
He is my number 1..he's the best jassey number 10
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Iviweluwalala Sep 13, 2017 10:42 AM
@baca4sky I take your point of view brotha on Suarez it's elienating him on his preditorial zone
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Nhlpato Sep 13, 2017 10:30 AM
Messidonna madoda
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☆barca_4sky☆ Sep 13, 2017 10:29 AM
now that Leo is playing closer to goal looks like he's gonna score in every game, but on the negative I don't think it suits Suarez to play wide on the left he looks in affective. The coach looks Owk, Simedo is our Dani Alves wat a signing. It seems everyone is back in form, Iniesta, Alba,busquets,Messi..
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Faysal Sep 13, 2017 09:33 AM
Messi All in one
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mr vas Sep 13, 2017 08:51 AM
Thanks barca nice one
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Iviweluwalala Sep 13, 2017 08:47 AM
Playing in the shadows of messi Europians r doing all in their power to dethrone him (Messi) the stardom he created on planet earth Barcelona has been written off many times Xavi,iniesta,neymer,claimed to have made messi .Messi took Argentine to the finalfinal of 2014 wold cup with Olympic gold medal on his footbfootbal carree it is so unfortunate for him on his national team no one can just burry a chance so He can claim the glory A player made history in portugal and disaappeared but it's ok someone benefited as balon odour winner unfortunately the guy messi needs that player too in his national team then everything will change to his faver
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mulaudzimasindi25 Sep 13, 2017 08:44 AM
Messi
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Pres4life Sep 13, 2017 08:36 AM
Messi is just phenomenal but Rakitic is the unsung hero for barca
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Schweinstriker_31 Sep 13, 2017 08:24 AM
nice one barca for thumping juve. idiots were singing messi will never score against Buffon, I wonder what their reaction now
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Bhakania7 Sep 13, 2017 08:22 AM
He is the best ever, he's the night b4 Xmas
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Nicho@88 Sep 13, 2017 08:09 AM
Since CR7 arrived in La Liga in 2009, La Liga 2016/17 was his second league cup which means Barcelona has been dominance of the La Liga. Last season they were slip over in one game. This season, Madrud must forget.
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Iviweluwalala Sep 13, 2017 08:08 AM
Mourinho once said footbal map wil change once messi quit footbal bcz he is special player
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khosiologists Sep 13, 2017 08:05 AM
sir Messi
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Messi is going to claim all this cowditor took from him nd gave them to Cr .
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Usazobaqeda umessi
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