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Barcelona 0-3 Juventus: result, summary and goals

Rob Train

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Barcelona 0-3 Juventus: result, summary and goals

Barcelona 0-3 Juventus: as it happened

Thanks for joining us this evening! We'll be back tomorrow with the rest of the final round of group stage fixtures and live coverage of Real Madrid vs Borussia Mönchengladbach. 

This could certainly become an issue before long if Koeman insists on his rigid adherence to the formation. 

Next up for Barça is a home game against 17th-placed Levante in LaLiga on Sunday. Should that result in anything other than victory... well, Koeman's goose could be cooked before Christmas. 

All things considered it's not a disaster for Barcelona in itself but taken in the context of their season as a whole it does not help to instil a sense that Koeman is taking the side forward. It does though mean that Barça will draw a theoretically stronger side in the last 16 draw.  

Two more for the top European scorer of all time. 

Both Koeman and Antoine Griezmann have said that Barcelona did not give a good account of themselves this evening. The Frenchman said the suide lacked bite and attitude and Koeman added the game was lost after the opening half hour. 

Barça can have few complaints beyond that though. Juventus completely outplayed them and any pundits who were still raising an eyebrow in Pirlo's direction will have food for thought over their cornflakes tomorrow. The Juve manager got his tactics absolutely spot on and worryingly for Barça Koeman had no reply whatsoever. 

And that rather sums up Barcelona's evening... had the penalty stood when Griezmann was flagged for offside, Koeman's side could have had 20-odd minutes to chase a goal but nothing panned out for the home side. 

Barça pulled Liverpool out of the hat in the last 16 that season and lost on away goals. 

And so Barça finish a Champions League group stage second for the first time since 2006-07, when Chelsea topped Group A. 

group G Pts MP W D L
1 15 6 5 0 1
2 15 6 5 0 1
3 4 6 1 1 4
4 1 6 0 1 5

Ouch. 

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Rabiot takes it into the corner and the whistle goes! Juve top the group against the odds as Barça slump to a 3-0 defeat! 

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Messi is looking far from amused as the clock ticks down. The Catalan dailies are not going to be kind towards Koeman in the morning. 

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Barcelona in possession, Juve back in numbers. 

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Four minutes added, Ronaldo off for Chiesa. 

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Messi! Another firece shot but another great save from the ageless Buffon! 

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Griezmann flashes a shot high and none too handsome. Barça have not lost a Champions League game at home since 2013, a run of 38 games.

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Juve looking to keep the ball now and run down the clock. You suspect given the evening they've had that it just isn't going to happen for Barcelona now. 

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Messi! Cuts in from the right and fires with the left, we've seen those go in a hundred times and Buffon is beaten but it whistles past the post! 

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Mingueza's first touch denies Ronaldo a nutmeg and a run through on goal. Not a bad start. 

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Araujo is off after an awkward fall a minute ago and Mingueza comes on for the home side. 

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Pjanic! Barça work the ball around the edge of the area and the midfielder curls an effort just over. 

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Junior goes in the book and now the two players Koeman sent on to replace the cautioned Alba and Lenglet are both on a yellow as well. 

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Messi hits the target but Buffon is right on top of it and makes a comfortable save. 

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And a free kick to the home side in Messi range... 

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Offside given! Back to 3-0 and Barça are handed a lifeline... 

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But Barça may finally get a decision here... VAR having a look. 

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Goooooooooooool! Bonucci! The Juve captain bundles in from a corner after Ronaldo's flick on! Juve 4-0 up! 

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Some confusion as the ref points to the spot for a foul in the area and the lino has his flag up for an offside against Griezmann! After a quick word the match official awards the free kick. Barça just cannot catch a break. 

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Barça still in need of two goals from somewhere to regain top spot in Group G. 

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Arthur and Ramsey off for Rabiot and Bentancur. 

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Braithwaite! Close from the striker and it takes a nick off a defender on its way through for a corner. 

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Danilo in the book for a little clip of Puig's heels. 

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The last time Barcelona failed to top their group in the Champions League was in 2006-07. 

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Griezmann! Oh my. The Frenchman has a decent chance drop to him in the area and unmarked he hammers a shot that is closer to the corner flag than the goal. 

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Riqui Puig on for Barcelona, Pedri makes way. The Canarian has been excellent this season but he didn't get a foothold in the game this evening. 

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Messi! What a strike! Buffon makes a wonderful save to deny the Argentinean and Braithwaite fires over from a yard out in front of an open goal! The flag is up though to spare the Dane's blushes. 

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What a run from Morata! The Juve striker skins Junior and drives forward but his final ball towards Ronaldo is cut out. 

Well, there's a stat... 

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Pjanic! The former Juve midfielder has a crack but he doesn't quite catch the volley cleanly and it bobs wide. 

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Umtiti showing a bit of rust there as he clatters into Morata. No malice in it but it was clumsy enough to warrant a dip into the ref's top pocket. 

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Off the bar! Griezmann! The France striker meets Messi's free kick with a clever header and it glances on to the upright! 

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This is Umtiti's first game for Barça since 27 June against Celta. A welcome return for the Frenchman but hardly under the ideal circumstances. 

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Lenglet off for Umtiti, Junior Firpo on for Alba. Both starters are on yellow cards and Koeman is playing the percentages here. 

And top of the group as it stands. Barça will need two without reply to claw the leadership back. 

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Goooooooooooooool! Ronaldo! The Portuguese buries it hard to Ter Stegen's right and Juve are 3-0 up! 

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Ronaldo to take of course.... 

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It seems the VAR room has told the ref to take a look at the monitor... Lenglet appeared to handle and it's given! 

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It looked as though there was a handball in the build-up there from Barça and VAR is having a nose. 

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Ter Stegen! What a save! Ramsey leathers the ball towards the bottom corner and the Barça keeper pulls off a stunning stop! 

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Messi! The Argentinean puts his laces through that one but it's straight at Buffon and the Juve keeper makes a fairly comfortable save, albeit one that will literally have warmed his hands. 

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Braithwaite on for Barça as Koeman seeks to find a way to open up Juve's back line. Trincão, who was peripheral in the first half, makes way. 

It will be by no means a disaster if Juventus nick top spot from Barcelona but it certainly won't serve to reinforce Koeman's position at Camp Nou. 

Elsewhere this evening, PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir has been suspended following accusations of racist abuse towards Demba Ba from the fourth official. Both sides to their credit walked off after the incident. 

About the only plus point for Barça from that 45 is that they eventually wrested control of possession from Juve. But then Koeman's side had a staggering 82 percent of the ball against Cádiz at the weekend and lost 2-1

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And that's the half! An absolute horror show for Barcelona, who have been outplayed in every aspect and had pretty much every decision go against them as well. 

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VAR says no! But Barça have a corner as consolation. 

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Penalty shout! Barça are incensed as they feel there was a handball in the area but the ref says no! VAR may have a second look at that... 

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Juve almost break three on three but McKennie can't quite pick out the right ball and Araujo, who has been Barça's best player so far, cuts out the danger. 

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A lot of people wondered whether Pirlo had been promoted above his station after just a week in charge of the reserves but on this evidence it is Koeman who is out of his depth. 

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Juve are caught on the hop for perhaps the first time and Messi spies an opening but the visitors recover in time to block the Argentinean's effort. 

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Juventus' defensive organisation is incredible to behold. Only Morata is not involved when Barça have the ball and he is there to break when the chance arises with Ronaldo and co on hand to charge forward in support. The set-up is working like clockwork at the moment. 

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Messi! The tried and tested Alba-Messi link-up unpicks the Juve lock and the Argentinean lets fly, but Buffon manages to gather on the second attempt. 

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Araujo saves the day! Morata looks to play Ronaldo clean through and the Barça defender makes a vital headed intervention. 

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Barcelona are struggling to create anything of note with Juve dropping nine back every time the hosts have the ball. 

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Lenglet joins the list of players on the naughty step for a little elbow on Morata with the Juve striker looking to break. 

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Approaching the half hour mark and Barça have still mustered just one shot on goal. Juve have hit five. 

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Ramsey now goes in the book for an elbow on Lenglet. 

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It's not going well for Barça... Ramsey floors De Jong with an industrial challenge but it's Jordi Alba who finds his way into the book for protesting. 

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Morata! Alex Sandro leaves Jordi Alba in his wake and whips in a cross for the Spain striker, whose header is just over. Juventus carving Barcelona apart at will here. 

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Messi! The Argentinean has a pop and Buffon is forced into a sprawling save. 

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A flowing Juve move finds Cuadrado on the far side and he lifts the ball into the area where the USA international is there to hammer an acrobatic strike past Ter Stegen! What a start for the visitors, who are now one goal away from topping the group! 

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Gooooooooooooooool! McKennie! 2-0!

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Barça trying to make something happen but a sea of black and white shirts are on the edge of the Juve area and there's no way through. Messi is bundled to the floor but the ref says no dice. 

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That's one for Juve... to top the group they'll need two more. 

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Juventus deserve the lead at this stage. The visitors have been camped in the opposition half and have been bossing the midfield. 

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Goooooooooooooooool! Ronaldo! The Portuguese makes no mistake and blasts the ball past Ter Stegen straight down the middle. It wasn't the greatest strike he' ever hit but the Barça keeper went to his left and in it goes! 

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Penalty! Ronaldo is bundled over by Araújo and the ref points to the spot! 

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Juve are making the early running in Camp Nou and Ramsey looks for McKennie with a ball over the top but there's too much on it for the USA international to reach. 

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Danilo! Another former Madrid man has a crack as Ronaldo lays off on the edge of the area. It's not a great hit though and flashes wide of Ter Stegen's post. 

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Ronaldo! The first chance of the game falls to the Portuguese after good work from McKennie. It's a snap shot and straight at Ter Stegen though. No real problems for the Barça stopper there. 

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Morata tries to turn in midfield and is clipped by Pjanic. Juve waste the free kick though and Barça have the ball back at their feet. 

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A first sniff for the home side as Messi drifts in from the left and sends a ball across the area. Griezmann lets it roll for Pedri but Bonucci throws a boot in the way and clears. 

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Juve in control of the ball early on but a wayward pass goes straight out on the far side to hand Barça a throw. 

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Here we go! Barcelona get the ball rolling in Camp Nou! 

The teams are coming out now and it is quite a stirring sight to see those black and white stripes alongside the claret and blue. There aren't many European games quite like this one. 

While we wait for kick-off, here's a little montage of Messi and Ronaldo doing what they do best in the Champions League... 

Ronaldo is out on the Camp Nou turf he knows so well sizing things up. 

This will be the 36th time Messi and Ronaldo have played each other, with 16 wins for the Argentinean, 10 for the Portuguese and nine draws so far in their personal rivalry.  

Barcelona starting XI confirmed

Ronald Koeman has announced his XI and Messi starts alongside Griezmann, Trincão and Pedri with De Jong and Pjanic anchoring the ship. Ronald Araújo gets a start alongside Lenglet with Jordi Alba and Dest at full back. A strong XI from the Barça boss. 

Juventus starting XI confirmed

Andrea Pirlo has named his XI for the game and Ronaldo starts alongside Morata. Veteran keeper Buffon is in sticks and as expected Arthur is in midfield alongside Aaron Ramsey. 

Juventus squad for Barcelona

Pirlo has few injury issues with only Giorgio Chiellini, Merih Demiral and Sami Khedira unavailable. The Juve boss has been reluctant to unleash a front three of Ronaldo, Dybala and Morata this season but he must be tempted under the circumstances this evening. 

 

Barcelona squad for Juventus

The other two players to have played 1,000+ minutes are Messi and Frenkie de Jong. Whether the Argentinean will start is unclear - he has been rested for Barça's last two Champions League games - but Miralem Pjanic will likely come into midfield against his old club, with Arthur lining up for Juve after the two completed a swap deal last summer. 

Given Barcelona's domestic form Koeman is expected to make some changes this evening and that could lead to an inexperienced back line. Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto remain sidelined and Samuel Umtiti has only just been passed fit after a lengthy injury lay-off while Clément Lenglet and Jordi Alba are two of only four Barça players to have breached the 1,000 minute mark this season. 

Juventus remain unbeaten in Serie A but have not been entirely convincing this season. The Serie A champions have been held to four draws, three of them away from home, in the league. In Europe, Pirlo's side have twice pulled out a result that will do the job for them this evening, a 4-1 win at Ferenváros and a 3-0 home victory over Dynamo Kiev. 

Between them, Ronaldo and Messi have banged in a cool 250 Champions League goals over the years and both players will be determined to get the better of each other this evening. 

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Juventus, of course, do have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks and the Portuguese is no stranger to doing the business in the Champions League. When Madrid needed three, or when Juve required a treble against Atlético, Ronaldo has stepped forward. The Portuguese was absent for the game in Turin after a positive test for covid-19 and will be eager to make his mark. Beyond the result and the evential group winner, this could prove to be the last time Ronaldo and Leo Messi meet in a competitive game at this level.  

Barcelona's form in LaLiga would give Juventus a decent shout of doing just that - Koeman's side have been beaten four times and the same result as was inflicted in the Clásico by Real Madrid would see Juve top the group - but in Europe they are a different beast. Barça have conceded just twice in five games and have scored 16. 

Top spot is still up for grabs in Camp Nou, although it will take something special from Juventus to sneak in ahead of the hosts. As a result of Barça's 2-0 win in the Juventus Stadium, Andrea Pirlo's side will need to win by two clear goals and score a minumum of three to top the group. 

group G Pts MP W D L
1 15 5 5 0 0
2 12 5 4 0 1
3 1 5 0 1 4
4 1 5 0 1 4

Both sides are already safely through to the knock-out stages of the 2020-21 Champions League after strolling through the group stage. Barça have a perfect record of five wins from five and Juve have lost only once, against Ronald Koeman's side in the reverse fixture in Turin. 

Barcelona vs Juventus: welcome

Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the final match in Champions League Group G between Barcelona and Juventus from Camp Nou. Kick-off is at 21:00 CET. 

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