Champions League: FC Barcelona 0-3 Juventus

Barcelona ended the Champions League group stage in embarrassing fashion and found a way to not finish in first place in Group G thanks to a 3-0 loss to Juventus at Camp Nou.

Iran Press/EuropeBarcelona went into the game three points ahead of Juventus on the night, knowing that any result, barring a loss by a deficit of three goals or more, would confirm them as group leaders heading into the Round of 16.

Juventus controlled the game from the first whistle as they put pressure on a weakened Barcelona backline. Danilo had his shot go just past the post as the Italians began to turn the screw. All their pressure paid off as Araujo gave away a penalty for bringing down Ronaldo in the box after Juan Cuadrado played the forward through.

The penalty was a soft one, but the replays showed that the Uruguayan did indeed foul Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar made no mistake from the spot as he sent Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way.

Juventus found themselves 2-0 up seven minutes later as Cuadrado found himself space on the right flank after a good piece of play by Aaron Ramsey. The Colombian drifted a ball into the box, and Weston McKennie scored a wonderful goal to double his side's lead. The young American, on loan from Schalke, met Cuadrado's cross with an acrobatic volley that went flying into the Barcelona net.

It was all Juventus up to this point, but Leo Messi did try to take matters into his own hands moments later. The Argentine had a shot in anger which was saved by Gianluigi Buffon, who got down well to parry the ball around the post. Messi would test Buffon again later in the half, but the legendary goalkeeper was up to the task as he saved the Argentine's left-footed effort.

Both teams have had a rough start to their seasons. Perennial champions Juventus currently sit 4th in Serie A, six points behind AC Milan. Meanwhile, Barcelona has been uncharacteristically poor this season as they sit 9th in La Liga.

However, both sides have done well in the Champions League this season, leading up to their mouth-watering clash on Matchday 6.


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