Barcelona ended the Champions League group stage in embarrassing fashion thanks to a 3-0 loss to Juventus at Camp Nou.
Barca needed to avoid a big defeat to win the group but instead laid an egg with defensive woes taking center stage.
It was the first time that Messi faced Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, since the Portugese superstar left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018.
13 minutes into this one-sided clash between Barcelona vs Juventus which definitely served to put Ronaldo’s Juve through as group winners also making as the last club match between these two behemoth footballers who have dominated the scene for the last 16 years.
Juve got the first from a penalty kick just 13 minutes in before McKennie scored in the 20th minute with the best goal of his young career. Ronaldo added another penalty in the second half to complete the dominant scoreline.
Despite the two goal deficit in the first half, Barca lacked the intent to create chances to score and to be more creative, with weak shot b Messi easily caught by Gianluigi Buffon being the only highlights of Barça’s attacking output.
In the 52nd minute Juventus strike again with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his second penalty of the night. Barcelona looked to come back in the second half of the game but overall the team was disorganized and couldn’t create a goal.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo (Mingueza 82’), Lenglet (Umtiti 55’), Alba (Firpo 55’); Trincão (Braithwaite 46’), Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri (Puig 66’); Messi, Griezmann
Juventus: Buffon; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt; Cuadrado (Bernardeschi 85’), McKennie, Arthur (Rabiot 71’), Ramsey (Bentancur 71’), Sandro; Morata (Dybala 85’), Ronaldo (90’+1)
⚽ Juventus: Ronaldo (13′ – penalty)
⚽ Juventus: Weston McKennie (18′)
⚽ Juventus: Ronaldo (52′ – penalty)