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Juventus 0-2 Barcelona: Messi and Dembele seal victory for Catalans in Turin

Juventus are next in action in Serie A on Sunday on the road to Spezia.

Barcelona are away in their next outing on Saturday in LaLiga against Deportivo Alaves.

Barcelona ease to a 2-0 victory over Juventus in their Champions League Group G clash at Allianz Stadium.

A first-half strike from Ousmane Dembele and a stoppage-time penalty from Lionel Messi were enough to secure the three points for the visitors.

It was a perfect tonic for Ronald Koeman’s men to get back to winning ways after their El Clasico defeat.

Juve had a night to forget as Alvaro Morata had three goals disallowed for offside, while Merih Demiral was dismissed for two bookable offences. 

Alvaro Morata had a hat-trick of goals ruled out by VAR – all of them correctly – but Barça deserved to take the three points after creating 14 chances at the Juventus Stadium.

Ronald Koeman’s side took the lead on 14 minutes when Dembele took a cross-field pass from Messi and cut inside before turning back on to this right foot and unleasing a powerful shot that flashed past Wojciech Szczesny having taken a slight deflection from Federico Chiesa.

Barcelona were on top with Dembele stretching Juventus and down the right and Pedri coming in off the left wing to combine well with Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Barça’s only crime was not to extend their lead. Messi fed Dembele and when his first shot was charged down he touched the ball back to Griezmann who should have finished.

Inexplicably he appeared to try to pass to Pedri and Juventus broke down the attack.

They had chances of their own twice Alvaro Morata had the ball in the net twice but both times the flag had been correctly raised.

Barcelona had to make a change at the break when Ronald Araujo, who had hobbled through the closing stages of the first half, did not reappear and Sergio Busquets had to come on. Busquets went into midfield and it was Frenkie de Jong who took Araujo’s place in the centre of defence.

Barcelona started the second half well with long period’s of possession but it was all sizzle and no steak and they would have paid for their failure to turn pressure into goal had Morata’s VAR curse not continued.

From another cross from the left he got in front of Clement Lenglet to score past Neto. Again after a lengthy check VAR ruled that he had one foot offside and Barça maintained their lead.

Barcelona’s finishing had not been great but they finished the night on top of their group – clasico wounds healed and on course for qualification to the knockout rounds.

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