Champions League: Messi hat-trick fires Barcelona to victory over PSV

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Gaston Pereiro fired over on the half-volley from the game's first opening, shortly before Steven Bergwijn curled one inches wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's post.

Going into tonight's game, Messi was tied with Ronaldo on seven UCL hat-tricks but he's moved ahead after doing the business tonight. The full-time whistle of PSV's game at Camp Nou could result in a different kind of "fight" altogether.

PSV are the 30th team Messi has scored against in the Champions League, while he's also managed to find the net past an incredible 179 goalkeepers.

Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world. "I have to do my best to try and help us win", the Mexican winger insisted.

Lionel Messi stepped up and put the free-kick perfectly into the top corner to give Barcelona the lead.

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba
Champions League: Messi hat-trick fires Barcelona to victory over PSV

Umtiti was sent off after a foul on PSV forward Hirving Lozano while trying to stop a breakaway.

Gameday 1 marked the long-awaited return of proper Champions League soccer, and it nearly looked like Messi and Co. never left.

So what chance do Everton really have if Barcelona are in the running?

Tottenham players were left stunned after they conceded two late goals to lose to Inter Milan.

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have battled each other for years in the Champions League and the Barcelona icon has started his campaign off in the ideal possible manner, with Ronaldo waiting to make his first European appearance for Juventus against Valencia on Wednesday.

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