Lionel Messi scores Champions League hat-trick against PSV

Lionel Messi scores Champions League hat-trick against PSV

His staggering right-footed strike against PSV Eindhoven after a wonderful turn gave him his fifth goal in six games this season, having netted three in four in the league as well as a thumping victor in the Supercopa against Sevilla.

Ernesto Valverde's team predictably dominated the opening 30 minutes, but PSV looked unsafe on the counter-attack with Steven Bergwijn curling a shot just wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's goal and Hirving Lozano missing one from distance after a speedy run down the right flank.

But the French champions pulled one back before the interval through Thomas Meunier - the goal allowed to stand despite Edinson Cavani being offside in the build-up.

"It is always special and even more so if Lionel Messi puts it like that as this could be a year of a lot of trophies, " the Croatia worldwide explained according to Dailymail.

Messi's 32nd-minute opener, angled into the top corner, was the second goal he's scored via a free kick this season, following his under-the-wall effort against Alaves last month, and his eighth in 2018. It's not easy because this is the Champions League.

Inter Milan struck two late goals to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the other Group B match.

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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.

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for the Reds in the 30th minute with a fine header from an Andy Robertson cross.

The two most expensive players in the world then combined for the 83rd-minute equaliser that looked set to earn PSG a draw, Neymar assisting Kylian Mbappe to score.

Diego Costa equalised for visitors on 31 minutes before defender Jose Gimenez headed home the victor from a corner on the stroke of halftime.

Meanwhile, Garry Rodrigues and Eren Derdiyok netted, and Selcuk Inan scored a penalty, as Galatasaray beat Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 in Istanbul. Emerging from La Masia as a fledgeling forward with an outrageously deadly left-boot, Messi would have been low on the free-kick pecking order while the likes of Ronaldinho and Deco were lighting up the Camp Nou during his formative years.

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