Lionel Messi stars in Barcelona’s win over Juventus

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Lionel Messi stars in Barcelona's win over Juventus
Lionel Messi stars in Barcelona's win over Juventus

Madrid: Argentine star Leo Messi took his time to get into the game but was the architect of FC Barcelona’s excellent 3-0 win over Juventus to kick off their Champions League campaign.

Messi scored the first and third goals on Tuesday and set up Ivan Rakitic for the second on in a game in which Ousmane Dembele made his first start after becoming the club’s record signing.

Last season saw Juventus come to defend a 3-0 lead in the quarter-finals of the competition, but this time around, although they were forced onto the back foot by Barca, they also had chances of their own with Di Scoglio forcing a fingertip save from Ter Stegen in the Barca goal, before he was called into action again to deny Pjanic.

Luis Suarez forced a good save from Gianluigi Buffon after a Messi free kick into the defensive wall, while Dembele shot just wide under pressure from the defence.

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