Messi fi­nally solves Buf­fon

Barca run away with opener last sea­son’s run­ner-up Juve

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Lionel Messi fi­nally added Italy great Gian­luigi Buf­fon on his long, long list of van­quished goal­keep­ers.

Messi struck two shots past Buf­fon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 vic­tory over Ju­ven­tus in their open­ing match of the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

Two of soc­cer’s all-time best play­ers, the 39-year-old Buf­fon had de­nied Messi a goal in their pre­vi­ous three meet­ings, in­clud­ing Ju­ven­tus’ 3-0 ag­gre­gate win in last sea­son’s quar­ter-fi­nals.

But once he found room to work, Messi picked Buf­fon’s Ju­ven­tus apart — to take some re­venge from last year’s elim­i­na­tion and con­tinue his su­perb start to the cur­rent sea­son.

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

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he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s goal, Messi rounded off the com­mand­ing win.

“Tonight (Messi) did score (against Buf­fon) be­cause we left him too much space,’’ Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Allegri said. “(Messi) plays per­fectly well in tight spa­ces, but to­day he had more space, and I would even say that we made it eas­ier for him, leav­ing him so open.’’

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Manu Fer­nan­dez/ The as­so­ci­aTed Press

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