UCL: Barcelona expect 'intense game' against Juventus

UCL Preview: Barcelona out for revenge against Juventus

Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde (R) talks to forward Ousmane Dembele during the Spanish Liga football match Barcelona vs Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadiumon September 9, 2017.

Lionel Messi ended his long barren run against Gianluigi Buffon yesterday and then left many wondering why it took him so long as he scored twice to help Barcelona to overrun Juventus 3-0 in a Champions League Group A. Juve proved characteristically hard to break down in the first half, with Barca's best chances coming via a free-kick after Blaise Matuidi fouled Andres Iniesta at the top of the box, and a mistake by Mattia De Sciglio, who nearly played in Dembele before Alex Sandro's recover tackle.

Like Barca, Juve arrived at the game with three wins from three in the domestic league and with their own Argentine Paulo Dybala also in electric form with five goals in three games.

For all that happened this summer the Barcelona team that took to the pitch against Juventus for that second leg Champions League quarter-final will actually be only marginally changed when the two sides do battle again on Tuesday evening. Towards the end, in the 84th minute, Marcus Rashford finished off a Fellaini cross to make it 3-0.

While Barcelona adapt to life without Neymar, the Brazilian is enjoying life with PSG and scored the opener in their superb 5-0 victory over Celtic in Glasgow.

"It will be a very important game, but that's also true of the league games we've played. It is always a pleasure to play alongside great players", Neymar told beIN Sports.

Bayern seemed rustier in its 3-0 win over Anderlecht, leading by just one goal at halftime despite Anderlecht having a man sent off in the 11th minute.

The game was conditioned by the early sending-off of Anderlecht's Sven Kums for giving away a penalty that Robert Lewandowski converted.

Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu.

Fellaini came on for the injured Paul Pogba and gave United a 35th-minute lead at a drizzly Old Trafford. The Eagles had one goal advantage, but the Spanish referee Alberto Undiano made a bad mistake when he awarded the penalty for the guests. "It was vital to get off to a winning start in the group stage".

Ain the second half, Chelsea apparently netted four goals to complete the rout.

The derby of that group, Group C was played in Rome where the home team AS Roma welcomed Atletico Madrid.



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