Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

- Barcelona now top D with two wins from two games after defeating Sporting Lisbon

- Ernesto Valverde's side face Greek side Olympiacos in their next two matches

- Two second half goals inspired by Higuain helped Juve to a 2 - 0 win over Olympiacos

Barcelona needed an own goal from former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to secure a hard fought 1 - 0 win over Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

The Catalans came into this match having defeated Juventus 3 - 0 in match day day with Lionel Messi grabbing two goals.

However they found it tougher the Portuguese giants featuring their former defender Jeremy Matheiu.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were frustrated in the first half. Photo: Sky Sports

As usual La Pulga tried to pull the strings from the middle as he dropped deep into midfield however the Catalans were wasteful in front of goal.

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The goal eventually came when Lionel Messi's free-kick was diverted into the net by Coates in the 49th minute.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

Barcelona players celebrate their goal. Photo: Squawka

Late in the game Paulinho had a chance to double the lead when Coates' awful touch gave the Brazilian a free sight of goal but his attempt was thwarted.

Barcelona now top the group with two wins from two games. Ernesto Valverde's side face Olympiacos in their next two matches.

Elsewhere, Juventus needed the second half introduction of their most expensive signing Gonzalo Higuain to get the firepower they wanted to get a 2 - 0 win over Olympiakos.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

GOnzalo Higuain came off the bench to inspire the win. Photo: Squawka

The striker opened the scoring with a poachers finish in the 69th minute and Croatian Mario Mandzukic doubled the lead in the 80th minute.

The Old Lady dominated the game but found a wall in Proto in goal.

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to victory over Sporting Lisbon

Dybala found it hard to get past Proto in goal. Photo: Uefa.com

Max Allegri's side now sit third in gorup D level on points with Sporting who they face in their next two matches.

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