FC Barcelona avenged last season’s embarrassing 3-0 loss to Juventus at the Camp Nou with a 3-0 victory in the opening match of their Champions League campaign. Messi was superb as scored twice, in the 44th and 68th minutes, and also set up Ivan Rakitic in the 56th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s lead side a 3-0 victory. Barça will travel to Portugal to face Sporting on September 27, but next up, the Blaugrana will travel to Madrid for an early kickoff against Getafe on Saturday.
Match Stats (From Sport):
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic (Paulinho, 76′), Iniesta (André Gomes, 82′), Dembélé (Sergi Roberto, 70′), Messi & Suárez.
Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio (Sturaro, 41′), Benatia, Barzagli, Sandro, Pjani, Matuidi, Bentancur (Bernardeschi, 62′), Dybala, Douglas Costa & Higuain (Caligara, 87′).
Goals: 1-0, Messi (44′); 2-0, Rakitic (56′); 3-0, Messi (68′)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO).
Cautions: Semedo (34′), Messi (54′) / Bentancur (25′) , Barzagli (60′), Pjanic (74′), Caligara (88′)