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FT: Juventus 0-2 Barcelona. Dembele and Messi (pen) secure a big win for Koeman against an under-strength Juve, who were missing Ronaldo. The Catalans take charge of Group G with two wins from two.
Fati is through for three... but looks for Braithwaite with a bizarre pass that rolls behind. Juve off the hook.
- OffPedriFC Barcelona
- OnMartin BraithwaiteFC Barcelona
BARCA CHANGE: Braithwaite on for Pedri.
FIve minutes added.
- Goal by penaltyLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOAL! Messi sends Szczesny the wrong way with a superb penalty.
PENALTY TO BARCA. Bernarderschi tumbles Fati.
- OffAntoine GriezmannFC Barcelona
- OnJunior FirpoFC Barcelona
BARCA CHANGE: Firpo on for Griezmann.
Barca are enjoying all of the ball now. They have the lead and the man advantage. It should be their night now.
- Red cardMerih DemiralJuventus
RED CARD! Merih Demiral receives a second yellow for a foul on Pjanic.
- OffAdrien RabiotJuventus
- OnFederico BernardeschiJuventus
JUVE CHANGE: Rabiot off, Bernarderschi on.
- OffRodrigo BentancurJuventus
JUVE CHANGE: Arthur on for Bentancur.
Barca have dominated this for long spells, but it remains just the one-goal lead as we enter the final stages. Can they finish the job, or will Juve nick a result?
- Yellow cardAdrien RabiotJuventus
Rabiot booked for halting Messi in full flow.
CLOSE! Messi feeds Griezmann on the left side of the area, but the Frenchman's low drive just flies wide of the far post.
- OffDejan KulusevskiJuventus
- OnWeston McKennieJuventus
JUVENTUS CHANGE: McKennie on for Kulusevski.
- Yellow cardJuan CuadradoJuventus
Cuadrado booked for throwing himself to the floor as he raced into the Barca box.
Trademark wizardry from Messi as he bamboozles two before seeing his hopes of a sublime solo effort thwarted by Danilo's desperate late block.
- Yellow cardMerih DemiralJuventus
Fati wriggles into space 25 yards from goal but sees his low shot blocked by Demiral, who was booked just a moment ago.
Juventus come again. Rabiot races on to Morata's pass into the left side of the box, but thrashes a poor effort wide of the near post. Surely he should have looked for a cut back there?
Kulusevski plays a smart one-two with Morata but then curves a lopping left-foot shot well over the bar.
- OffOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
- OnAnsu FatiFC Barcelona
BARCELONA CHANGE: Fati on for Dembele.
Pedri cuts inside from Messi's neat pass, but sees his low shot deflect just wide. The youngster continues to impress for the Blaugrana.
Messi arrives on a loose ball 20 yards out in a flash, but curls it just wide.
- Yellow cardSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto booked.
Elsewhere in the group, Ferencvaros have pulled a goal back and now trail Kiev by a 2-1 scoreline.
VAR rules it's OFFSIDE! That's a hat-trick of disallowed goals for Morata!
GOAL! Morata guides a clinical shot in at the far post from Cuadrado's volleyed pass. VAR is checking it...
Barcelona have started this half almost as well as they kicked off the first.
Messi curves a dangerous free-kick into the mix from the right, but Morata leaps well to head it to safety.
- OffRonald AraújoFC Barcelona
- OnSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
BARCA HT CHANGE: Araujo off, Busquets on.
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KICK OFF! Juventus restart the contest.
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HT: Juventus 0-1 Barcelona.
- Yellow cardDejan KulusevskiJuventus
Kulusevski booked for catching Alba late.
Two minutes added.
Elsewhere in this group, Dynamo Kiev are 2-0 up away to Ferencvaros.
Ronaldo must be hugely frustrated watching this from home. Juve aren't doing enough to really trouble this suspect Barca rearguard.
Juve are bidding for a 100th CL win in their 200th match in the competition, but are going to need to move up a few gears if they are to achieve it from here.
Barca should be two up. Dembele is played in by Messi, but can't beat Szczesny. He touches it back to Griezmann, who inexplicably turns down the shot and the chance goes begging.
Griezmann's through ball from Pedri deflects kindly for Alba, who skews wide of the near post with a first-time drive. He will feel he should have done better there.
Morata gets in front of his marker and flashes a shot on the slide into the net from Cuadrado's right-wing cross, but he is flagged offside. Another one chalked off for the former Real man.
VIDEO: Barca take the lead.
Chiesa engineers space down the left, but his driven, low cross is too close to Neto.
Messi takes Griezmann's delicious back heel into the left side of the box, but drills just wide. You'd put your house on the Argentine to hit the net with his trusty left peg from there.
Barcelona with a strong spell of possession. Koeman's men recognised that Juve were building some momentum and a lengthy period of keep-ball helps them take the sting out of proceedings for the moment.
It's been all Juventus since the opening goal. A good response from the Old Lady.
Juventus almost level immediately. Morata charges into the right side of the box. He attempts to clip it over Neto, but the ball rebounds off the keeper and onto his hand. The Spanish forward tucks in at the second time of asking, but it won't count.
- GoalOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
GOAL! Dembele drives in from the right, twists and turns and then fires in a shot that takes a heavy deflection on its way beyond Szczesny.
Pedri steals in on the left side of Juventus area. The home team's line was too easily broken there, but the cut back from the youngster is well dealt with.
DID YOU KNOW? Juventus have lost only four of their 42 European matches at the Juventus Stadium (W26 D12). Three of those defeats have come in their last 10 matches.
This is seriously end-to-end already. Messi eager to run at the Juventus defence at every opportunity.
Almost a dream start for the visitors. A shocker of a back pass allows Messi to seize possession on the left of the box. He takes aim but sees his goal-bound shot brilliantly blocked by Bonucci. Barcelona keep the pressure on from the corner and eventually see Griezmann crack the post with a thumping shot. Nervy stuff from Juventus.
STAT: This is the seventh time Juventus have hosted Barca and they are yet to lose. It is their joint-best total against a side in European competition, alongside their six unbeaten matches versus Atletico Madrid (W5 D1).
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KICK OFF! Barcelona get this blockbuster of a Group clash up and running.
STAT: Juve have won five of their last seven matches against Spanish clubs, home and away (D1 L1).
BARCA IN ITALY: The Blaugrana's record at Serie A clubs is W7, D12, L7. Last season's 2-1 win at Inter on Matchday 6 is their only victory in their last 1p games in the country (D6 L3).
MESSI MAGIC: Barca's talisman has scored more UEFA Champions League group stage goals than any other player in the competition (69 in 73 games), while in the current format of the competition (since 2003-04), only Cristiano Ronaldo (24) has more group stage assists than the Argentinian (22).
Danilo, Juventus defender: "I feel good about the way we play. We often have the ball and therefore there’s no problem. We have to be quick and focused. We are on the right path. These are the best matches to play in. Any team would miss a player like Cristiano, but we have faith in all the players."
A closer look at the team sheets suggests both managers are looking to be bold and attack from the off, which should make for a great spectacle. Juve have included Chiesa, Dybala, Morata, and Kulusevski from the start in what looks like being a fluid 3-4-3 adjusting to a 4-4-2 with wide attackers when required. However, they are missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt in defence.Meanwhile, Barca are without the suspended Gerard Pique in their defence, but Koeman has included Ex-Juve star, Miralem Pjanic in place of Sergio Busquets. Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele come in to support Lionel Messi in attack in a 4-2-3-1 system.
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Five years on from their meeting in the 2015 Champions League final, Barcelona and Juventus have not made the best of starts to the 2020-21 league campaigns. It means the new men in the respective dugouts are already under a bit of pressure to deliver, making this an intriguing night.
Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach: "Barcelona are strong and have great champions. We have to play a great game. [Lionel] Messi is still at the top, I have faced him many times as a player and tomorrow I will do so for the first time as a coach."
Ronald Koeman on Juve's experience: “Juventus are a top club in Europe with experienced players in terms of defence they are very strong despite some important players that will be missing tomorrow. They know how to dominate matches with players in attack and Dybala can create problems, Morata is always there ready to score, there are also important midfielders that can play a very good match.”
CONFIRMED TEAMS – JUVENTUS: Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, Chiesa, Cuadrado, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Kulusevski, Morata, Dybala... Subs: Pinsoglio, Buffon, Arthur, Ramsey, McKennie, Bernardeschi, De Winter, Frabotta, Portanova, Riccio. /// BARCELONA: Neto, Alba, Roberto, Ronald Araujo, Lenglet, Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri, Messi, Dembele, Griezmann... Subs: Pena, Tenas, Dest, Busquets, Alena, Braithwaite, Puig, Trincao, Fati, Firpo.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of a mouthwatering Champions League Group G clash between Juventus and Barcelona. It was billed as the latest chapter in the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but sadly the latter hasn’t tested negative for Covid-19 yet and cannot feature (much to his disappointment). Kick off 20:00 GMT.