Barcelona 4-0 PSV Eindhoven: Messi takes home the match ballSeptember 18, 2018
Lionel Messi scored a superb hat-trick to get Barcelona’s Champions League campaign off to the best possible start against PSV.
Upon returning from the international break, Barca had to work hard in their La Liga game against Real Sociedad at the weekend but a 2-1 victory set them up nicely for the visit of Dutch side PSV.
The game was as typical as a Camp Nou fixture gets as the home side dominated from start to finish, mustering up 21 shots on the visiting goal.
Messi, who failed to score at the Anoeta on Saturday – made up for his rare blank and opened the scoring with a superb curling free-kick.
Luis Suarez looked in great form and he almost made it 2-0 but his 20-yard lob could only smash the crossbar.
It wasn’t long however, until Barca doubled their advantage as Ousmane Dembele spun two PSV defenders and hit a superb curling effort into the bottom corner.
Ivan Rakitic would then get involved in the attacking play and it was his superb pass that found Messi, who made it three with a half volley.
Samuel Umtiti was then sent off for Barca after a second booking but it mattered not on the night as Messi was determined to take home the match ball and scored his hat trick late on, beating Jeroen Zoet from close range.
The win puts Barca top of Group B, level on points with Inter Milan, who came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the San Siro.