Dybala Double Sinks Sorry Barcelona

Paulo Dybala’s two goals inspired Juventus to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League last night. The defeat left the Catalan giants needing another miracle in the return leg.

Luis Enrique’s side made history after overturning a 4-0 deficit in the previous round against PSG. They will have to perform a similar feat at the Nou Camp next Wednesday after a dismal night in Turin. Dybala scored a first half brace, Giorgio Chiellini added a third with a header after the break for Juventus in the first meeting between the sides since Barcelona’s win in the 2015 Champions League final.

Juventus started the game on top, it wasn’t long before their dominance showed. Dybala opened the scoring in the seventh minute, receiving a pass in the box from Juan Cuadrado before turning and curling a fine effort into the bottom corner. Barcelona dusted themselves off and began to dominate possession. Adnres Iniesta had a golden opportunity to draw the sides level, he made an intelligent run in behind Juventus’ defence to receive a pass from Lionel Messi, but saw his effort kept out by Gianluigi Buffon.

Barcelona would rue their missed chance a minute later, as Dybala struck once again. Dybala, curling the ball just inside the near post from the edge of the area after being picked out by Mario Mandzukic. Barcelona did have the ball in the back of the net during the first period, only for it to be ruled out for offside. Messi robbed the ball off Sami Khedira deep in Juventus territory before playing a one-two with Luis Suarez and going on to score, but the Uruguayan striker was ahead of play and the goal was correctly ruled out.

Barcelona continued to have the majority of possession in the second half, having chances go to waste from Messi and Iniesta. After 55 minutes Juventus made it 3-0. Gonzalo Higuain blew a glorious opportunity when through on goal to score but, from the resulting corner, Chiellini wrestled away Javier Mascherano at the far post before nodding home.

Juventus saw the game out comfortably, Barcelona had no answer to an experience Juventus defence.

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