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Messi hat-trick as Barcelona thrash PSV in UCL opener; Spurs stunned at Inter

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Lionel Messi vs PSV

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona kick-start their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of PSV on Tuesday.

It was the Argentine’s 48th career hat trick, and it was his stunning free-kick that opened the scoring for the Spanish champions.

French youngster, Ousmane Dembele then spinned to lose two defenders and blasted home the second from outside the box.

Messi scored his second of the night from an Ivan Rakitic’s aerial pass, before Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off for two yellow cards.

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But with 10 men, the home team still got a fourth goal when Suarez picked out Messi, who guided the ball past goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet from 15 yards to complete his hattrick.

In the other group match, Tottenham Hotspur were stunned as Inter Milan came from a goal down to beat their visitors 2-1 at San Siro.

Late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino were enough to give the hosts 3 points after they trailed from the 53rd minute through Christian Eriksen’s deflected strike.

Barcelona sit at the top of the table, followed by Inter, before Tottenham and Dutch champions PSV at the bottom.

 

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