Champions League: Chelsea held by Juventus, Messi spares Barcelona blushes

Champions League

Chelsea's Champions League title defence began with a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus, while Lionel Messi came to Barcelona's rescue against Spartak Moscow and a sloppy Manchester United edged Galatasaray 1-0.

Bidding to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy, Chelsea went 2-0 up through a brace from Brazilian starlet Oscar at Stamford Bridge yeterday but had to make do with a point after Juve fought back to draw their Group E opener.

Oscar, 21, was making his first start since a £25 million ($40 million) move from Internacional and he announced his arrival in style.

In the 31st minute he beat Gianluigi Buffon with a deflected effort from 25 yards and two minutes later he doubled Chelsea's lead with a stunning goal, sweeping a glorious shot into the top-right corner from outside the box.

Arturo Vidal pulled a goal back before half-time with a low shot into the bottom-right corner but Juve's equaliser did not arrive until the 80th minute, when Claudio Marchisio released substitute Fabio Quagliarella to beat Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.

The result in west London meant that Shakhtar Donetsk finished the evening top of Group E following a 2-0 win at home to Danish competition debutants Nordsjaelland.

United took a seventh-minute lead against Galatasaray at Old Trafford when Michael Carrick swapped passes with first Robin van Persie and then Shinji Kagawa before skipping past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and sliding the ball home.

The English giants -- eliminated at the group stage last season -- almost paid the price for taking their foot off the pedal, however, with Nordin Amrabat hitting the bar and Hamit Altintop clipping the post for the visitors before half-time. Nani squandered an opportunity to give United breathing space when his 53rd-minute penalty was saved by Muslera, while the home side were indebted to a fine double save from David de Gea that saw him deny Burak Yilmaz and Emre Colak.

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