Barcelona fought the Spanish club today, its first match in its new era, after the resignation of the controversial club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who took over the presidency of the Catalan club from January 2014 until his resignation on Tuesday from the presidency of the club after a difficult period that led to the collection of more than 20 thousand signatures from club members to conduct a ballot. To withdraw confidence from Bartomeu and his board.
Bartomeu announced his resignation yesterday from the presidency of the club, as well as the resignation of members of the club’s board of directors, before the ballot that was scheduled to take place on the first of next November.
Messi and his comrades made a strong presentation today in an attempt to erase the effects of the 1-3 defeat by Real Madrid last Saturday in the first Clásico of the Spanish League this season.
The Catalan team returned with three precious points to its stronghold in the “Camp Nou” after achieving precious victories over Juventus, who failed for the fourth time in a row to score the net of Barcelona during their last four matches in the Champions League.
Today’s victory was the second for Barcelona, compared to two negative draws in these four matches, while Juventus’ last victory over Barcelona went back to 2017, when it beat them 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Barcelona raised its tally to six points at the top of the group and Juventus stuck with three points in second place.
Barcelona surprised its host with an early goal at the “Juventus” stadium in Turin, where he offered to the guests the French international Osman Dembele in the 14th minute.
Messi and his companions wasted more than one goal over the course of the match half, and the referee canceled three goals for Juventus, all scored by the Spanish player Alvaro Morata, for offside or a handball, as Morata was lucky and the video assistant referee (Var) prevented him from leading his team to victory or at least a draw.
In the first minute of the stoppage time of the match, Messi scored the second goal for Barcelona from a penalty kick, to be his first goal against Juventus at his home throughout the history of the confrontations between the two teams, as Messi raised his tally to 120 goals in the European championship.
Contrary to what is expected, Barcelona started the match with an intense attack on Juventus, who played the match with the best possible starting lineup in light of the absences that the team suffers from due to the Corona virus or injuries.
Messi took advantage of a defensive error from Juventus and almost scored the goal in the second minute, but Leonard Bonucci, Juventus defender, interfered at the last minute and blocked his shot, and the ball reached Miralem Pjanic outside the penalty area, where he fired a missile and the goalkeeper confronted it and the ball was prepared in front of Griezmann, who shot it from inside the penalty area, but it is She bounced off the post to miss a chance to score a sure goal in the second minute.
But Barcelona’s pressure was short-lived as Juventus quickly gave up their defensive contraction and began their attacks.
The two teams exchanged attacks in the next minutes until Barcelona’s attempts resulted in the goal of progress in the 14th minute.
The goal came as a result of a high cross pass that Messi played from the far left of the stadium to Osman Dembli at the far right of the stadium, where Dembele advanced it to the borders of the penalty area and manipulated Juventus defenders and then hit the ball strong as it hit Federico Chiesa’s foot and continued its way to the far upper corner to the right of the goalkeeper to be a goal. Progress amid astonishment for Juventus players and great happiness for Barcelona players.
The goal angered the Juventus players, who rushed into the attack and Alvaro Morata almost spoiled Barcelona’s joy with the goal, as he scored a goal in the 15th minute, but the referee canceled it due to a handball from Morata.
In the midst of the Italian attack, Messi nearly scored a second goal for Barcelona from a quick counterattack in the 23rd minute, and Griezmann brilliantly passed the ball to the edge of the penalty area, and Messi prepared it for himself and shot it with his left, but far from the goal, very strange.
Morata scored a goal for Juventus in the 30th minute, after a superb pass by Juan Cuadrado from the right, but the referee canceled it for offside.
And the attacks of each of the two teams arrived in the following minutes and the danger remained present, as each of them formed a nuisance to the opponent’s defense.
More than one player shone in the ranks of the two teams, such as Dybala, Morata and Chiesa in Juventus, Messi, Griezmann, Dembele and Pjanic in Barcelona.
Barcelona missed a golden opportunity in the 35th minute, after a defensive mistake by Juventus, which Messi took advantage of and started the ball until the middle of the penalty area and then passed it to Dembele, completely free of control, but Dembele slowed down in the payment so the goalkeeper interfered and confronted the game, then Griezmann’s attempt to follow-up ended.
The performance did not differ much in the following minutes, as the game remained controversial between the two teams, with a relative advantage for Barcelona, to end the first half with the visitors leading with a clean goal.
At the start of the second half, Dutchman Ronald Koeman pushed Sergio Busquets instead of Ronald Araujo to take advantage of Busquets’ experience in the face of the expected attack from Juventus in the second half.
The two teams resumed their attacking attempts in the second half as Barcelona continued their good performance and harassment of Juventus’ defense.
After several minutes in which Barcelona surrounded their host inside the penalty area, Morata took advantage of a quick attack by Juventus and a wonderful pass that Cuadrado played from the right and scored a goal in the 55th minute, but the referee also canceled it after reviewing the video assistant referee system (Var)
The 62nd minute saw two lost goals from Barcelona, where the team launched an attack, from which Messi passed the ball to Dembele, which was completely free of control inside the penalty area, but the latter preferred Messi to pass again to pay to press Juventus’s defense and spoil the attack, and the attack was renewed immediately in favor of Barcelona, but Messi’s wonderful shot passed outside Direct based.
Barcelona continued to dominate the course of the game in the next few minutes, and Koeman pushed its young player Ansu Fati in the 66th minute instead of Dembele, who made a great effort in the match.
Juventus responded to Barcelona’s dominance with a quick attack in the 69th minute, as Dejan Kulusevski exchanged the ball with his colleague Dybala, then Kulusevski hit the ball over the bar.
And renewed the opportunity for Juventus in the next minute from a quick attack that Adrian Rabiot ended with a shot outside the goal.
Cuadrado received a warning in the 74th minute for falling into the Barcelona penalty area, claiming to be disabled.
Barcelona launched a quick attack in the 75th minute, and Messi passed a perfect through ball to Griezmann, but luck stumbled over the latter, as his shot went right next to the post.
The last quarter hour of the match witnessed a mutual attack from the two teams until Messi scored the goal of reassuring the team in the stoppage time of the match.
The goal came from a penalty kick that Ansu Fati obtained after a through pass from Messi that put him inside the penalty area, but substitute Federico Bernardeschi dropped him inside the penalty area.
Messi hit the penalty kick to the right of the goalkeeper in the first minute of the stoppage time of the match, after which the match ended with a precious victory for Barcelona.
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