The little genius, Lionel Messi, found the back of the net thrice on their opening Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven. His 42nd career hat-trick and 8th in the competition.
The match started nice and slow for the Catalans, controlling the flow of the game and dominating the possession. In the 31st minute, Messi scored the first goal of the match—a majestic free-kick.
Who else but LIONEL MESSI to score the first goal of the #UCL group stage for this campaign!!!— #ThankYouDeuce (@JogaBonito_USA) September 18, 2018
Wonderful free kick #Golazo to give #Barça the 1-0 lead.#FCBPSV #FCBlive #Messi 🎯 pic.twitter.com/4ayBPVxBNW
In the 55th minute, Umtiti got the first yellow card of the match. Nineteen minutes later, Ousmane Dembélé scored a marvelous goal—the second of the match.
It only took Lionel Messi three minutes to score FC Barcelona's third goal of the match, his second.
And in the 79th minute, Umtiti got his second yellow card and was ejected in the game. He will miss FC Barcelona's second Champions League match against Tottenham.
Messi completed his 8th Champions League hat-trick coming from El Pistolero's assist in the 87th minute—his 42nd hat-trick his entire professional career with FC Barcelona.
As expected, the match between this two unbeaten clubs was a goal fest to the delight of FC Barcelona's fans. The Catalans took their precious time and slowly but surely destroyed their opponents at the Camp Nou. With their dominant possession game and merciless attack, FC Barcelona bagged their first three points of the competition.