Messi completed hat-trick in Barca's 4-0 win over PSV Published on 9/19/2018

Lionel Messi scored the 8th Champions League hat-trick of his career as 10-man Barcelona eased to an emphatic 4-0 victory over PSV in Group B on Tuesday.

Ousmane Dembele also scored for Barcelona, who were already 3-0 up when they were reduced to 10 men as defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off with a second yellow card for a hard foul in the 79th.

Messi's first goal came from a free kick in the 32nd minute at the Camp Nou. He curled the ball over the PSV wall from 25 metres (into the top corner beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.

Dembele added to the lead with a well-placed shot from outside the area in the 75th minute and Messi sealed victory with goals in the 77th and 87th minutes.

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

The Group B result extended Barcelona's unbeaten run at home to 27 matches in UEFA competitions. The Catalan club has won 25 matches and drawn only two during the run.

PSV, back in the Champions League after a one-year absence, are winless in seven matches at the group stage of the European competition.

 

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