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Champions League: Messi Magic Helps Barcelona Get Their Revenge Against Juventus 

Abhishek Nair |

Lionel Messi can now finally tick Buffon off the list as Barcelona humiliated last year’s runners-up Juventus 3-0 in their group D match in the UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. 

Barcelona were clinical on a night where Messi orchestrated Barcelona’s attack, scoring two and setting up the other. All the comparison of Messi and Dybala in the run up to the game was clearly squashed by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as Juventus didn’t find an answer to Barcelona’s quick attacking play. 

Lionel Messi scored the opener right before half-time, before setting up the second for Croatian Rakitic in the second half. He then added the third in the 69th minute to give Barcelona a comfortable victory at home, four months after Juventus had knocked them out from the Champions League last year. 

Comfortable victory for Premier League teams 

Manchester United got off to a perfect start in the Champions League as they beat FC Basel 3-0 in their group A game at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Goals from Fellaini, Lukaku and Rashford ensured a regular day at Manchester. 

The Red Devils was in the front foot since the start as they kept knocking on the Basel defence. Henrikh Mkhitaryan came very close to scoring in the first half as his close range shot could only see the sidebar. The only patch on an otherwise flawless night for Mourinho was Pogba’s injury. The Frenchman was the captain for the night, was forced off due to a hamstring injury in the first half.   

Fellaini stepped in for the injured Pogba and created all kinds of trouble for the defence before scoring the first of the night. Lukaku then scored in the second half in what has been a dream start for the Belgian at Old Trafford, scoring six in as many games. Substitute Marcus Rashford finished off in style as Champions League returned to Old Trafford. 

Chelsea ran rampant against debutants Qarabar at Stamford Bridge beating them 6-0 in their Group C match. Goals from Pedro, Batshuayi, Azpilicueta helped Chelsea secure the win, but a spectacular finish from new signing Zappacosta will grab all the headlines in one of Chelsea’s biggest victories in Europe. 

PSG’s Irish Domination 

Paris St. Germain showed how strong a force they are against Celtic in their group B game, beating them 5-0 in Celtic Park on Tuesday. Goals from Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani and an own goal from Brendan Rodgers’ men summed up a miserable evening for the Irish champions.     

Bayern outclassed Anderlecht 3-0 at the Allianz Arena in the other Group B game as goals from Lewandowski, Thiago and Kimmich got Ancelotti's men the much deserved victory in the opening day of the Champions League. 


 

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