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Sep 18, 2018 at 5.55pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Attendance: 73,462
Barcelona
4-0
PSVPSV Eindhoven
Messi (32', 77', 87'), Dembele (75')
Umtiti (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Timeline
(Tripping) N. Viergever        30'
32'     L. Messi
55'     S. Umtiti (Unsportsmanlike cond)
(Holding) L. de Jong        57'
(N. Viergever) N. Isimat-Mirin        67'
75'     O. Dembele
77'     L. Messi (I. Rakitic)
(S. Bergwijn) D. Malen        78'
79'     S. Umtiti (Roughing)
81'     C. Lenglet (Coutinho)
(P. Rosario) E. Gutierrez        82'
83'     Arthur (O. Dembele)
85'     A. Vidal (I. Rakitic)
87'     L. Messi (L. Suarez)

Ernesto Valverde heaps praise on "extraordinary" Lionel Messi

Valverde hails
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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde heaps praise on Lionel Messi following the striker's record-breaking eighth Champions League hat-trick in the win over PSV Eindhoven.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped further praise on Lionel Messi following the striker's hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven this afternoon.

Messi notched a record eighth Champions League treble to help his side begin their campaign with a 4-0 victory over the Dutch outfit at Camp Nou, with his first goal coming from a stunning free kick.

Valverde talked up the importance of that opening goal and believes that it was the turning point of a game which his side went on to win comfortably.

"[Messi] does extraordinary things and makes them seem routine. Today it was three goals, and he unlocked the match with his free kick. The strike was masterful and he simply doesn't tire of scoring hat-tricks," he told reporters.

"I'm satisfied with the 4-0, it's a normal result [when you look at how the match progressed]. They played well on the counter-attack and we knew it would be difficult to get the first goal.

"After the second goal we were calmer and found things easier, it's always difficult to open teams up at first."

Messi has also now scored more goals in the group stages of the Champions League than any other player.

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3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
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14Valencia917178-110
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16GironaGirona82331013-39
17Athletic Bilbao8152913-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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