Messi scores record 8th Champions League hat-trick

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

UEFA have introduced a handful of earlier kick-offs in every Champions League midweek this season, and it was still light at the Camp Nou as Barcelona kicked off against PSV Eindhoven in Group B.

Argentina worldwide Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick for Barcelona, while Frenchman Ousmane Dembele also scored for the Catalan giants.

MESSI's second goal was a first time touch.

"He makes the extraordinary look routine". Today it was three goals, and he unlocked the match with his free kick. It was a magisterial free-kick, and he never tires of scoring hat-tricks. "We're seeing something unique, something that hasn't been seen in many years". As a player in La Liga, I don't remember anyone like him. "It will be tough to find anyone else like him", he further added. He curled the ball over the PSV wall from 25 metres out into the top corner beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet. "To come off the bench after his injury at the weekend is incredible really", said Klopp of Firmino, who was poked in the eye by Jan Vertonghen in the weekend win at Spurs.

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Ousmane Dembele also got on the scoresheet

Dembele is in red-hot form having netted five goals across all competitions for Barca, sitting second in the goalscoring charts this term behind only Messi, who netted three tonight.

Asked about Ivan Rakitic's comments post-match that players get ready to celebrate whenever Messi has a free-kick he said: 'Certainly when you are a rival coach you think that he is always going to score. Then, Ousmane Dembele of France blasted home the 2nd from outside the box in the 75th minute. Inter Milan stormed back with two late goals and left San Siro with three points and a ton of confidence, which is something it hasn't had this season.

It started with Dembele launching a shot from outside the box. "He's working hard, trying to help the team and is someone that is able to unbalance the opposition".

Lozano was one of Mexico's better performers over the summer and continues to shine for his club side as well. "Practising them is not the same as taking them in a game", said Messi. He has overtaken the reins of Barcelona after the departure of Andre Iniesta and manager Ernesto Valverde also couldn't stop praising the new captain.




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