Messi’s double inspires Barca to Juventus revenge

Barcelona defied an outgoing off-field crisis as another Lionel Messi-inspired display exacted revenge on Juventus to open their Champions League campaign with a resounding 3-0 win on Tuesday. Messi was involved in all three goals as he beat Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career to open the floodgates just before half-time. Ivan Rakitic added a second after Messi’s run and cross opened up the Juventus defence before the Argentine rounded off the scoring by drilling home his second of the evening 19 minutes from time. Victory puts…

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Juventus warm-up for Barcelona against Chievo

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will get a final chance to test his troops before next week’s Champions League opener at Barcelona in Saturday’s Serie A tie at home against Chievo. Serie A champions Juventus travel to the Camp Nou on Tuesday to take on the Catalan side they eliminated in the quarterfinals of the European competition last season. But first up is modest but consistent Chievo Verona, whose players earn a combined €18 million annually compared to the €164 million pocketed by Juventus’ squad. And Chievo coach Rolando Maran has…

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