Messi solves Buffon as Barca tops Juve
Lionel Messi finally scored against goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-0 in their first match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Messi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s goal, Messi beat Buffon again to round off the commanding win.
Messi’s goals were his first ever against the 39-year-old Buffon, who had kept him without a goal in three previous meetings.
The first half was dull, apart from long attempts by Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio, until Messi struck just before the interval.
Ousmane Dembele, the most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history, made his first start for the Catalan club. The 20-yearold France forward helped in Messi’s goal on a counterattack that caught Juventus’ defence off-guard. Messi took the ball from Dembele, worked a quick one-two with Luis Suarez and then rolled a left-footed shot just inside the far post.
Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.
Messi got his double in the 69th when he took the ball on the right side and cut back around two defenders. He left Buffon no chance against another left-footed strike to the lower corner.