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Sep 18, 2018 at 5.55pm UK at ​Camp Nou
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Messi (32', 77', 87'), Dembele (75')
Umtiti (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Ernesto Valverde heaps praise on "extraordinary" Lionel Messi

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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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