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28.10.2020 » Juventus 0-2 Barcelona. Another blow in the Bianconeri's campaign

Lionel Messi scores a penalty-kick against Juventus

Juventus and Barcelona clashed in Turin this Wednesday night, as the two teams were tied on the top of their group. The Spanish giants, however, made easy work of the Italian champions and are now leading Group G with 6 points in 2 games.

It's been a difficult start to the season for Juventus under Andrea Pirlo and if there were any hopes that things would be completely different in Europe after having won their debut game last week, those hopes got crushed after tonight's visit from FC Barcelona and a harsh 2-0 defeat. The Spanish powerhouse, who have also been struggling a lot in recent weeks, seem to have found their best version in tonight's clash and thanks to a goal from Dembele in the first half and another one from Lionel Messi late in the second half, they managed to beat Juventus in their own backyard. Cristiano Ronaldo was still ineligible for this game, as he continues testing positive to the COVID-19.

Juventus 0-2 Barcelona - Goals and highlights:

Stats don't lie... No shots on target For Juve!

Winning games is what matters the most when a club is struggling and coming off a series of bad results. The two teams facing each other tonight in Turin were definitely on a bad spot given their recent performances, as Juventus had only 2 wins in their last 5 games, while Barcelona only had 1 win in their last 4 games. It was hard to predict who would win this Wednesday, but at the end of the day it seems fair to assume Juventus missed Cristiano Ronaldo's presence on the pitch more than it was supposed to.

If we look at the the stats, it's hard to understand how Juventus completes a home game without hitting the target at least once throughout the entire game. That's what happened however, as Juventus had a total of 10 shots when the referee blew the final whistle, but none of them were actually on the right direction. Barcelona, on the other hand, had a total of 13 shots and 4 of them on target. The Blaugrana also finished the game with a lot more ball possession than the hosts (60% vs 40%).

Against the odds, it was quite an open game the one we've watched at the Allianz Stadium tonight and it didn't take too long for Barcelona to break the deadlock and put even more pressure on Andrea Pirlo. Following a splendid long pass from Lionel Messi from one side of the pitch to the other, Ousmane Dembélé showed off all his class and talent by taking on his opponent and shooting the ball to the far post, lobbing it over the goalkeeper to give his side the early lead.

Alvaro Morata scores a hat-trick of offsides

Without Ronaldo on the pitch, it was Messi who scored and shined!

Instead of a fierce reaction from the Vecchia Signora, we kept witnessing Barcelona bossing the game and dictating the pace at which they wanted the game to be played...

The visitors always looked the more dangerous side on the pitch even after the opening goal, but still, Juventus still had a few good chances to score, especially Álvaro Morata. The Spanish forward will probably remember this game for the rest of his life, as he managed to score a hat-trick tonight, but saw each one of his goals being disallowed due to the offside rule. Certainly one of the most frustrating nights ever for the former Real Madrid star.

The game wouldn't end without Lionel Messi leaving his mark and his name on the scoresheet. The Argentine scored in Turin tonight, after seeing his teammate, Ansu Fati, falling inside the box and earning a penalty-kick for Barça. Messi stepped up and gave no chances to Szczesny, making it 2-0 for the Blaugrana. The two teams face each other again on December 8 and hopefully we can already see Ronaldo on the field that day, for another very particular duel with Messi.

Andrea Pirlo Juventus manager in 2020

Juventus line-up vs Barcelona:

Goalkeeper: Szczesny
Defenders: Cuadrado, Bonucci, Demiral, Danilo
Midfielders: Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa, Kulusevski
Attackers: Dybala, Morata.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juventus in the Serie A is on November 1, against Spezia. You can watch Spezia vs Juventus, AC Milan vs Sparta Praha, AS Roma vs CSKA Sofia, Antwerp vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Dundalk, and AEK vs Leicester City, all matches provided from our football live game pages.

Juventus next game:
Spezia vs Juventus
kick-off time (01-11-2020):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+7: 21:00
| UTC/GMT+6: 20:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 18:30
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+1: 15:00
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 15:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 14:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-4: 10:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 09:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 06:00

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Paulo Dybala in action in Juventus 0-2 Barcelona

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