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Chelsea throws away lead, Messi rescues Barcelona

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PARIS — Chelsea opened the defense of its Champions League title by throwing away a commanding lead to draw 2-2 against Italian champion Juventus, while Barcelona needed two goals from superstar Lionel Messi to beat Spartak Moscow 3-2 after the Russian side had led 2-1.

Brazilian midfielder Oscar marked his first start for Chelsea with two long-range goals, but Arturo Vidal pulled a goal back close to halftime and substitute Fabio Quagliarella equalized late on.

Messi took his season's tally to 10 goals in seven games with two strikes in a devastating 10-minute spell.

Manchester United got off to a good start thanks to midfielder Michael Carrick's early goal, but failed to impress in a 1-0 win against Galatasaray.

Bayern Munich, last season's runner-up, missed a penalty in its 2-1 win against Valencia.