Barcelona put behind a difficult few days behind them as they beat Juventus 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League encounter in Turin on Wednesday with Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi getting on the scoresheet.
Messi converted a late penalty for Barcelona after Ousmane Dembele had given the visitors the lead in the 14th minute to send Barcelona on its way to its first victory over Juventus in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo was out for the game, more than two weeks after the Juventus forward initially tested positive for the coronavirus. Alvaro Morata, who scored twice against Dynamo last week, again replaced Ronaldo but frustratingly had three goals ruled out for offside.
Juve’s frustration was complete as defender Merih Demiral was sent off in the 85th minute and Messi settled the match with a stoppage-time penalty to leave Barcelona top of Group G with six points and Juventus on three.
“I believe it was the most complete match since I arrived,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said. “I think the team showed a lot of personality in midfield, it was our best game.
“We had a great game against a great team. I think we showed our best soccer. We created a lot of scoring opportunities. I’m very happy with the play, I’m very happy with the character of the team, a great victory.”
Barcelona has been in turmoil this week after losing the “clásico” 3-1 at home to Real Madrid last weekend, while club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his entire board resigned on Tuesday.
“Today the team showed that it wasn’t affected by yesterday’s news,” Koeman said. “I can’t say it surprised me. President Bartomeu took this decision for the good of the club.”
Barcelona took the sole lead of Group G, three points above Juventus. Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros have one point each after drawing 2-2 on Wednesday.