Messi stars in Barca's win over Juventus


Messi stars in Barca's win over Juventus

Since then, Dybala has scored seven goals in all competitions this season - five of those coming in three league fixtures.

Barcelona vs Juventus in Group D of the Champions League at 2:45pm on FS1. Never before have two teams of this caliber met right off the bat.

Messi scored twice and produced a strong performance to help Barcelona open their Champions League campaign with an easy victory.

Sporting Lisbon held off a late fightback to beat Olympiacos 3-2 in Greece.

And what a deceptively fantastic goal it was.

"He is one of the best players in the history of the club, it is normal to talk about him". In this battle between unstoppable force and immovable object, unstoppable force won.

He also had a shot cleared off the line which was turned in by Ivan Rakitic for the second goal and hammered the post in the second half.

The Catalan giants continued to dominate and they bagged a third goal in the 69th minute as Messi fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. More routine saves followed to deny Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic, while Jordi Alba blocked Rodrigo Bentancur effort.

The club had been left red-faced by the failure to sign top targets Philippe Coutinho and Angel Di Maria when the transfer window shut and the squad looked weakened following the world-record departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

The other for groups are scheduled for tomorrow, and we advise you not to miss them, because more fantastic games are ahead of us.

So far, the shift has contributed to an even more purposeful Messi.

This was a game billed as a match up between two of Europe's best teams.

Mbappe got his goal next, and it came via an assist from Neymar.

Barcelona are next in action away to Getafe on Saturday (3.15pm), when Dembele could be given another chance to continue his partnership with Messi and Suarez. Cavani whiffed on his shot, but Mbappe was in flawless position to pounce and bring the score to 2-0. Five minutes before halftime, the Uruguayan attacker nailed one from the penalty spot to give PSG a 3-0 lead. Somehow, he didn't score in the opening La Liga game of the season against Real Betis, although he did batter the woodwork three times. Less than 20 minutes into the match, midfielder Pogba was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Per Corriere dello Sport (via The Sun's Sam Morgan), Dybala, 23, was approached several times by Barca over the summer and was spied as a potential Neymar replacement.

Europa League holders Manchester United brushed aside the challenge of Basle at Old Trafford with Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford earning a 3-0 victory for Jose Mourinho's men. I do not think that the next meeting of the two European grandees will be effective, the team's class is approximately equal.