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Messi double inspires Barca to Juventus revenge, PSG win Champions League opener

Messi double inspires Barca to Juventus revenge, PSG win Champions League opener

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona exacted revenge on Juventus with a 3-0 victory over the Italian giants in their Champions League Group D opener at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

It was United's first Champions League game since December 2015, with Jose Mourinho's side having engineered a return to the competition by winning the Europa League last season.In the same group, CSKA Moscow came from behind to beat Portuguese champions Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon with Timur Zhamaletdinov getting their victor.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez played a quick one-two on the edge of the box before the Argentina captain fired a low accurate shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net for his 95th Champions League goal.

Two of football's all-time best players, the 39-year-old Buffon had denied Messi a goal in their previous three meetings, including Juventus' 3-0 aggregate win in last season's quarter-finals.

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Following another masterful display, Allegri conceded that his side had no way to contain Messi's attacking threat. "Tonight (Messi) did score (against Buffon) because we left him too much space", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

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One Lopez directed the throw-in to the other Lopez, who slipped behind Dani Carvajal near the goal, controlled the ball and poked it past goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Despite the opening night loss, Allegri insists there are still reasons for Juventus fans to remain upbeat in the Champions League.

Barcelona travel to Lisbon to play Sporting, who defeated Olympiacos 3-2, on September 27.

"It's clear that Messi has more experience and is at a different point in his career, but Paulo's growing a lot and maybe Messi's motivating him to improve".

"I think you're exaggerating a bit", Pjanic said in a post-match interview that highlighted the squad's struggles. For his second and Barca's third he received a pass from Andres Iniesta and ripped more holes in a depleted Juventus defence before lashing beyond a dejected Buffon, scoring his seventh goal in three games.