Friday, 17 September, 2021

No Messi, no problem as Barca defeat Juve

No Messi, no problem as Barca defeat Juve
Barcelona’s midfielder Riqui Puig (third right) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third goal during their 56th Joan Gamper Trophy friendly match against Juventus at Johan Cruyff Stadium in Sant Joan Despi on Sunday. – AFP PHOTO

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Barcelona started life without Lionel Messi on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Juventus in the pre-season Gamper Trophy.

Messi had earlier Sunday said his farewells to the club he had served for 20 years at a tearful news conference.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Barcelona after just three minutes with Martin Braithwaite adding a second goal just before the hour mark from a corner.

Young hope Riqui Puig scored a third in stoppage time with a fine left foot drive.

In Sunday's other high-profile friendly, Real Madrid and AC Milan fought to a 0-0 stalemate.

Spain's La Liga season gets underway on Friday while the Italian Serie A starts on August 22.