Ronald Koeman has also won the second group match in the Champions League with FC Barcelona. The Dutch coach saw his team grab the three points on a visit to Juventus on Wednesday evening: 0-2.
Dembélé opens score for Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé made the opening goal for Barcelona after fifteen minutes. Subsequently, no fewer than three hits by Juventus striker Álvaro Morata were rejected by referee Danny Makkelie for offside. In the final phase, Lionel Messi decided the game from a penalty kick.
Frenkie de Jong played the entire match with the Catalans. The Orange-international started the game in midfield, but moved to the defense after the break to replace the substituted Ronald Araújo.
Juventus had to do without Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese became infected with the corona virus two weeks ago and should have tested negative in the 24 hours before the match, but that is unlikely to have happened.
Thanks to the victory over Juventus, Barcelona is in the lead with six points in group G and Juventus follows with three points in second place. The other match in this group between Ferencváros and Dynamo Kiev ended in 2-2 in Hungary.
Lionel Messi decided the game from a penalty kick. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Barcelona shot off the starting blocks in Turin and was close to the opening goal after just two minutes. Antoine Griezmann decided to lash out immediately at the first big chance and hit the post.
Twelve minutes later it was a hit for the visitors. Dembele tried from the edge of the box and saw his attempt end up in the goal via a leg of a Juventus player.
Morata seemed to restore the balance a minute later, but the Spaniard’s goal was disallowed for offside after intervention by the VAR. After half an hour, another goal by Morata was canceled due to offside.
Ten minutes after the break, Morata found the net for the third time in the game on a pass from Juan Cuadrado. That goal was also rejected on the advice of the VAR. Messi and Griezmann then failed to decide the game for Barcelona.
Juventus ended up with ten men five minutes before the end due to a second yellow card for Merih Demiral. Barcelona quickly took advantage of the surplus situation and received a penalty in the ninetieth minute after a foul by Federico Bernardeschi on Ansu Fati. Messi then decided the game from the dot.