Messi scored the season’s first CL goal with a precise free kick and he did not get up until he had scored his eighth hat-trick in the tournament. There is a record. The little Argentine is now in 103 championship goals in his career.
Spanish teams have won the tournament in the last five years, but Messi’s and Barcelona’s goal is to win back Real Madrid’s hegemony (three triumphs in a row) when Cristiano Ronaldo has now disappeared to Italy and Juventus.
Barcelona won the tournament last time in 2015.
Hard work led to the victory
PSV finished at the beginning of the match and made sure the match at Camp Nou was exciting up to the last quarter, but Barcelona ended up rewarding even though the team had to play the last ten minutes with ten men after Samuel Umtiti was expelled.
It was a death penalty that gave the home team the lead when Messi was given a chance to take a free kick after half an hour. His shot was not particularly hard, but the more well placed, and keeper Jeroen Zoet was shameless when the ball turned into the cross.
“Messi makes it extraordinary to work routinely. The goalkeeper came just when we needed it. It was masterful, said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.
PSV made it difficult for the home team and made it happen, but in the last quarter, it cleared.
Ousmane Dembélé doubled the lead with a nice solo goal, and two minutes later Messi challenged the game after the great preparation by Ivan Rakitic.
“At 1-0 I felt a danger every time they attacked, but after the 2-0 goal we were the best even when we played with ten men,” Valverde said.
Umtiti made a bid to take the lead as he charged up the crowd with 79 minutes having been played, but Messi was unable to finish off the pitch. A few minutes before full time, he finished his hat trick by Luis Suárez.
Barcelona now has 25 victories and two draws on his 27 last home games in the championship league.
The team has immediately secured the upper hand in a championship group where Inter turned to 2-1 victory over Tottenham with two scoring points in Milan’s final minutes. The matches were the two early matches on Tuesday, a new UEFA moves to maximize TV viewing figures. Other matches will be played at nine o’clock later than the championship’s traditional kick-off time at 20.45.