Barcelona performed a few of its finest soccer in some time to win 2-0 at Juventus on Wednesday in a Champions League match that supplied loads of leisure regardless that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo prevented a extremely anticipated matchup between him and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo was out for the sport, greater than two weeks after the Juventus ahead initially examined optimistic for the Corona Virus. Alvaro Morata, who scored twice in opposition to Dynamo final week, once more changed Ronaldo however frustratingly had three targets dominated out for offside.
Messi transformed a late penalty for Barcelona after Ousmane Dembele had given the guests the lead in the 14th minute.
Barcelona took the only real lead of Group G, three factors above Juventus. Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros have one level every after drawing 2-2 on Wednesday.
Barcelona has been in turmoil this week after dropping El Clasico 3-1 at dwelling to Real Madrid final weekend, whereas membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his total board resigned on Tuesday.
But the scoreline might have been worse for Juventus if the guests had been extra medical with their possibilities.
Barcelona nearly took the lead with lower than two minutes on the clock as former Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic pressured a save from Wojciech Szczesny earlier than Antoine Griezmann’s follow-up bounced off the left put up.
It didn’t take the guests for much longer to interrupt the impasse. Messi performed an important ball excessive to Dembele on the precise flank and he reduce inside earlier than unleashing a shot which was deflected into the far prime nook.
Juventus thought it had leveled immediately however Morata’s effort was dominated out for offside.
Barcelona nearly doubled its lead in the 23rd minute when Griezmann performed a pleasant backheeled flick to launch Messi however the Argentina worldwide fired huge of the precise put up.
Morata had one other effort dominated offside and Szczesny once more got here to his facet’s rescue late in the primary half with two saves in fast succession to disclaim first Messi after which Griezmann.
Morata lastly appeared to get his purpose 10 minutes into the second half when Juan Cuadrado acrobatically volleyed Federico Chiesa’s cross again into the field and the previous Real Madrid ahead turned it into the again of the online.
But after a prolonged examine by the video assistant referee, and with each groups again in the middle of the pitch ready to kick off, that too was dominated out for offside.
Juventus defender Merih Demiral was despatched off with 5 minutes remaining following a second yellow card and Barcelona sealed the consequence shortly after when Federico Bernardeschi crashed into the again of Ansu Fati and Messi fired the penalty into the highest left nook.