UCL Match Report: FC Barcelona v Juventus 12 September 2017

UCL Match Report: FC Barcelona v Juventus 12 September 2017

Their less heralded new signing, Nelson Semedo, has impressed at right-back, while their pressing appeared drastically improved under new manager Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona beat Juventus 3-0 at the Camp Nou in their first Champions League encounter of the season thanks to an awe-inspiring performance from Lionel Messi.

Barca are up and running and Messi, well, he's being Messi.

The opening goal did arrive on the stroke of half time, though, as Messi - who had been kept quiet for the most part up to that point - suddenly burst into life by driving forward before playing a one-two with Suarez and rolling an accurate finish into the bottom corner.

Paulo Dybala was Barca's nemesis last season as his two goals in the Italians' quarter-final win drew comparisons with his global teammate Messi. Instead of redeeming himself with a fan base critical of his lack of goals, he missed four clear chances to be the hero after he replaced the injured Benzema in the first half.

It's been a contentious recent history for these two teams, with Juventus eliminating Barca 3-0 in last year's Champions League quarterfinals. Messi got his second, adding a fabulous finish to a clinical counter attack, to make it 3-0 but the hosts could have had more.

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An own goal from Mikael Lustig made it 4-0 before Cavani wrapped up the scoring with his second five minutes from time. Instead of putting a shot on goal, Neymar glanced a header down and square with goal to Cavani. "It is always a pleasure to play alongside great players", Neymar told beIN Sports.

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

In Group A, Manchester United registered a convincing 3-0 win over FC Basel as they made their return to Champions League. Watch this space for live updates and scores of the first Champions League match of the season. Haris Seferovic put the hosts ahead but Vitinho's spot-kick drew CSKA level before substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov netted a 71st-minute victor.

Although they had started the season with a loss at the hands of Lazio in the Supercopa, Juventus have gathered some early-season momentum, winning their first three Serie A matches.

France forward Ousmane Dembele went on as a second-half substitute and set up Luis Suarez to complete the demolition of Espanyol.

The derby of that group, Group C was played in Rome where the home team AS Roma welcomed Atletico Madrid.

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