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Messi shines, grabs brace as Barca rattle Juventus

Lionel Messi put up a sterling display as his side exacted revenge on Juventus, securing a 3-0 victory in their Champions League opener at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Argentine, who was given a yellow card during the game, scored twice to help Barca begin their Champions League campaign this season on a high note.

Serie A champions, Juventus defeated Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals, but conceded the exact number of goals in this fixture.

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Messi opened the scoring at the stroke of halftime when he finished off clean passes with Luis Suarez to beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career.

Rakitic doubled Barca’s lead 11 minutes after the break, before Messi completed the win with a clean shot in the box on 69 minutes.

Messi has scored 7 of Barcelona’s last 10 goals across all competitions, and has now scored 59 goals in 58 games in the group stages of the Champions League.

 

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