The Camp Nou outfit was on away at Turin on Wednesday night and hoping to seal a win from the encounter. On the flip side, Juventus was without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese tested positive to the Covid – 19 virus and had to quarantine for two weeks in isolation.
Certainly, the night did not go down without its talking points and Lionel Messi was the one that scored high for the night. Baca president Josep Bartomeu resigned on Tuesday night, some media outfit claimed that the president still at the helm of affairs at the Camp Nou has been the reason for Lionel Messi’s deep in form. Ronald Koeman has suggested otherwise regarding Messi.
Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring in the 14′ when he got a cross-field ball from Messi, he cut in and returned the ball to his right foot in a typical Ousmane Dembele style before taking a powerful shot that beat Wojciech Szczesny completely to find the back of the net, the shot deflected off the boot of Federico Chiesa before landing at the back of the net.
On the other hand, Juventus star Alvaro Moratta saw three of his goals disallowed for offside by the VAR, and all the decision was right this time.
Barcelona deserved to win in Turin as they dominated the game by a wide margin, the combination of Messi, Pedri, Griezmann, and Dembele paid off eventually as they all were on top of their games.
The Catalan giant should have extended the goal margin for the night but they squandered a lot of chances that should have buried the game earlier. Messi, Dembele, and Griezmann all missed chances to nail the game, and that’s the only thing that could be held against the team in Turin despite winning two goals to nil.
The Italian giants had chances of their own as goals from Alvaro Morat were disallowed on three occasions as they were being ruled for offside.
The Catalan giants continued their dominance through to the second half as they had most of the possession. Central defender Ronald Araujo had a knock in the first did not come out of the dugout with the team as he was substituted by Sergio Busquets who teamed up the Pjanic at the midfield while Frankie De Jong paired Lenglet at the back.
Barcelona nearly paid for their possession game that did not translate into a goal had Morata’s goal counted, but thanks to VAR and their technology that makes it practically impossible to cheat in football in recent times.
Morata got himself in front of a shaky Lenglet that lead the defensive line in the absence of Pique that was out on suspension to put the ball past Neto, but after a long check, the goal was overturned.
Pedri was in superb form for the night as he made it very difficult for Juventus Cuadrado to contain all night with his sleeky play. He dashed passed Cuadrado on the line crossed the ball to Messi who in turn gave the ball to Dembele who should have shoot one time but the winger made a mess of the combination.
In the bid to seal the game, Dembele was substituted with Ansu Fati brought on. Fati on his own had his chances to stretch the lead from a Messi’s ball that saw him, past defenders, only to be faced with Danilo that he could not pass, that halted the attack.
Juventus did not stop their own attack too as Morata threatened from an assist to Dejan Kulusevski whose chip failed to find the back of the net.
Merih Demiral was sent off with six minutes to go, Federico Bernardechi hacked Ansu Fati down in the area to gift Barcelona a penalty, one that Lionel Messi buried to give Barcelona the lead they deserved from the possession and from how they controlled the game.
Barcelona won the game for the night and they are en route to the qualifying stages and they can finally put the El classic loss behind them, their finishing was very poor and below par for the night, but they came out the winner from the encounter.