Juventus had been with out Cristiano Ronaldo, who examined constructive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13, which means a matchup pitting the Portuguese towards Lionel Messi for the primary time since 2018 must wait till at the least the second group encounter.
Barca drawback baby Ousmane Dembele acquired the beginning alongside Messi and he rewarded Ronald Koeman’s religion early on with a aim from outdoors the penalty space to provide the guests the lead.
Juventus appeared harmful on the different finish of the pitch as properly and had the ball behind the online by Alvaro Morata proper earlier than 30 minutes, however the flag had gone up for offside and the aim was disallowed.
The groups returned from the half-time break with Barca nonetheless up 1-Zero and Koeman making one change, substituting Ronald Araujo for Sergio Busquets because of an obvious damage.
Morata as soon as once more appeared to have put Juventus again on degree phrases with a close-range strike, however as soon as once more the Spaniard was adjudged to have been offside after the match official consulted with VAR as Barca clung to their lead.
Barcelona continued to look harmful within the assault, with Messi flashing a shot vast of the left put up from the highest of the realm simply after the hour mark and Pedri seeing his close-range try blocked minutes later.
Koeman made one other change within the 66th minute, bringing on teenager Ansu Fati for Dembele with the Frenchman nonetheless working his method again to full match health.
The hosts’ hopes of getting again within the sport took a giant hit within the 84th minute when Merih Demiral was despatched off after receiving a second yellow card to go away Juve with solely 10 gamers to the match.
Messi then put the sport away from the penalty spot after Fati was hauled down within the field to succeed in the ultimate scoreline.
Barca had been rocked on Tuesday when membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned to avoid facing a vote of no confidence after some 20,000 followers signed a petition demanding that he step down.
“One of the best reply was as we speak’s sport. We need to win titles and matches as we confirmed as we speak,” stated Sergi Roberto. “It is all prior to now, we’re concentrating on our job.”
Koeman agreed that his crew had tried to place the boardroom difficulty out of their minds.
“I believe we have now to focus on the sporting aspect,” he stated. “It would not have an effect on us and it would not fear me. We put our power into soccer.”
In the meantime, Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo stated the defeat shall be used as a lesson and can assist his aspect develop.
“It was a tough sport towards a crew that is aware of the best way to play and are additional down the trail than we’re. We’re a crew underneath development, with gamers who had been enjoying solely their second Champions League match,” the first-year supervisor stated.
Captain Leonardo Bonucci admitted that outcomes thus far had been disappointing.
“It is time to grit our enamel, to carry out the most effective in ourselves. These outcomes are less than our requirements. Tonight, we knew it will be tough. We made too many errors and Barcelona do not forgive,” he stated.
“We might have executed one thing extra… however clearly, there’s a lack of expertise at European degree within the gamers who’ve arrived.”