Messi solves Buf­fon as Barca tops Juve

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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.

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