No Messi, no problem as Barcelona defeat Juventus


Barcelona (AFP) – 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.

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