But the Serie A champions have every right to savour the moment. It was a meritorious victory for the Old lady at the Juventus Stadium in Turin in front of raucous 41,000 crowd.
Juventus went all attacking against Barcelona and emerged victorious with a 3-0 win courtesy of Paulo Dybala’s brace and Giorgio Chiellini adding the third to ensure Luis Enrique’s side didn’t register an away goal ahead of the second leg at Camp Nou.
Juve’s opening goal should have arrived earlier but Gonzalo Higuain headed straight at Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
His profligacy did not matter for long as his strike mate Paulo Dybala opened scoring for the home side in the seventh minute. The goal was glorious, guiding the ball with his left foot into the tightest angle after Juan Cuadrado set him up.
Dybala’s second goal, on 22 minutes, was just as good, a fizzing left foot drive whipped inside the near post after Juventus launched a quick counter-attack.
The goal was crucial because 60 seconds earlier, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had made a superb save to thwart Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona had their moments in this Champions League quarter-finals first-leg contest. They had a goal disallowed in the first half that would have altered the outcome of the game and the way they moved the ball was, at times, a joy to watch.
And Messi, it must noted, produced some moments that were out of this world, not least the pass that gave Iniesta his sight of goal. Every time he got possession, fear descended that he would do something out of the ordinary. Only the hosts sheer bloody-mindedness stopped him doing so.
Juventus fought to protect Buffon’s goal like lions, the outstanding Leonardo Bonucci tackling everything that moved.
They continued to show ambition of their own, too, and it culminated in the 55th minute when Chiellini grappled with Javier Mascherano and powered a header past Ter Stegen off the post to seal a comfortable win going into the return leg tie next week.