Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

- Barcelona get their Champions League campaign off to a flyer with win

- Rakitic scored the second after Messi's cross is directed into his path

- The Catalans's next game is away to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon

- The Portuguese side won 3 - 0 away at Greek side Olympiacos

Lionel Messi scored twice and had a hand in the other as Barcelona got their 2017/2018 Champions League campaign off to a flyer with a 3 - 0 win over Juventus.

Barcelona started the game and they immediately attacked as Ousmane Dembele tried to find Lionel Messi in the box but Benatia was quick to react.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

Dembele (right) on his Champions League debut for the Catalans. Photo: Squawka

Juventus would hit back with a rocket shot from Mattia De Sciglio from 30 yards but Marc Ter Stegen was quick to tip over the bar.

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Barcelona continued to have the lion share of possession but Juventus had good chances with Gonzalo Higuain unable to beat Ter Stegen with a volley just after the half hour mark.

Right-back Mattia De Sciglio had to be taken off five minutes before the break due to a slight knock with Stefano Sturaro replacing his country man.

Barcelona took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Lionel Messi from a pass by strike partner Luis Suarez.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

La Pulga celebrates his opener against the Old Lady. Photo: UEFA.com

Juventus could have equalized just after the break when Dybala found himself free to shoot after a loose ball fell to his feet but he could only shoot wide.

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In the 52nd minute Messi hit the post with an absolute screamer and Buffon was lucky to gather and just two minutes later the Argentine is shown a yellow card for dissent.

Rakitic got the second goal of the game for the hosts as Messi dribbled his way into the box on the right and sent a cross in which was cleared to the path of the Croatian who slotted in past Buffon.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

Rakitic celebrates his goal with teammates Photo: Squawka

Messi scored his second of the night and Barcelona's third as he skipped past two Juve defenders to fire into the bottom right hand corner in the 69th minute.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Juventus

Messi celebrates his second against the Italians. Photo: Squawka

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In the other group D game Olympiakos lost 3 - 2 at home to Sporting Lisbon. Seydou Doumbia scored the first goal which was also the first goal in the Champions League this season.

Gelson Martin and Bruno Fernandes added to the scoreline with the other first half goals.

Pardo scored twice for the Greeks in the 89th minute and 90th minute but was little to late to change the course of the match.

Barcelona's next game comes away to Sporting Lisbon while Juventus entertain Olympiacos in their match day 2 clash.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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