Champions League: Messi scores hat-trick fires Barcelona to victory

PSV Eindhoven manager Mark van Bommel centre wants to rein in his players ahead of their match in Barcelona. Reuters

PSV Eindhoven manager Mark van Bommel centre wants to rein in his players ahead of their match in Barcelona. Reuters

FW Lionel Messi 9 - Some succulent early passes were not capitalised on by his teammates so the No.10 stepped up to the plate himself.

Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.

"Messi is a man of his word", wrote Marca.

The World Cup victor scored a second-half equaliser but then gave the ball away in stoppage time, a costly mistake that paved the way for Roberto Firmino's victor. Netted the second himself after a brilliant turn, curling home from distance to continue his goal-scoring form this season.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano may one day line-up with the Argentine at Barcelona, having revealed the Catalan side was interested in signing him in the off-season after he impressed for Mexico at the World Cup.

Against PSV, Messi managed to overtake the Juventus forward in terms of hat-tricks scored in the major European competition.

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It is curious that arguably the best player on the planet has only got his hands on the silverware once in the last five years.

His mistake in stoppage time proved costly for his club, though.

PSG had come back from two goals down with Kylian Mbappe equalising in the 83rd minute after Thomas Meunier's 40th minute strike halved the deficit.

"They [PSV] were motivated with it being the first game".

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic came off the bench to grab a late victor in a 1-0 victory at Club Brugge. This was a vintage display from an incredible player who shows no sign of slowing down.

"It was a bit lucky but I'll take it on my birthday", said Pulisic, who had missed two Bundesliga games for Dortmund and the USA friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.

Van Bommel spoke to the media afterwards and stated the opening goal was decisive, "The foul before the free-kick was very important in deciding the game".

"Normally if you score a hat-trick you frame it. Messi makes the extraordinary look routine", Valverde said while praising Messi's first goal.

Diego Costa equalised for visitors on 31 minutes before defender Jose Gimenez headed home the victor from a corner on the stroke of halftime. But Porto, who won the Champions League in Schalke's Gelsenkirchen stadium in 2004, equalised when Otavio converted another penalty late on.

Turkish side Galatasaray had a comfortable 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow at home and Borussia Dortmund took three valuable points with a 1-0 away win over Club Brugge in Belgium.

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