Lionel Messi scored a stunning hat-trick as Barcelona fired a warning to group rivals Tottenham and Inter Milan with a clinical demolition job against PSV Eindhoven.
The La Liga champions are favourites to top Group B and made the perfect start against their Dutch opponents.
Lionel Messi grabbed his treble either side of Ousmane Dembele’s strike as the Frenchman continued his fine start to the season.
The only blot on Barca’s copybook was the red card shown to Samuel Umtiti who will miss the trip to Wembley in a fortnight.
Messi opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark when he curled home a free-kick from 25 yards.
Nick Viergever had conceded the free-kick after a foul on Dembele and Messi did the rest.
Dembele then scored his fifth goal of the season after leaving two PSV defenders for dead and curling the ball into the net.
Messi scored his second after latching on to a brilliant cushioned pass from Ivan Rakitic and then made sure he was taking home the match ball by collecting a pass from Luis Suarez and rifling the ball home.
Umtiti had by this point been sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a blatant body check on Hirving Lozano.
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Rakitic (Vidal 85), Sergio Busquets, Coutinho (Lenglet 81), Messi, Luis Suarez, Dembele (Arthur 83).
Subs not used: Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Rafinha, Munir.
Sent off: Umtiti 79.
PSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever (Isimat-Mirin 66), Tasende, Rosario (Gutierrez 82), Pereiro, Hendrix, Bergwijn (Malen 78), de Jong, Lozano.
Subs not used: Room, Behich, Sainsbury, Ramselaar.
Booked: Viergever, de Jong.
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)
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Barcelona ease to victory over PSV Eindhoven this evening to kickstart their Champions League campaign. Lionel Messi was at his best, scoring a sublime hat-trick. He opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick before putting the game out of the visitors’ reach with two late strikes. Ousmane Dembele was also impressive for the hosts, scoring a superb effort to notch his side’s second. Ernesto Valverde will be pleased with the performance of his team this evening.
FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 4-0 PSV EINDHOVEN
Malen fires wide of the post in the closing stages of the game, epitomising PSV’s frustrating evening.
Lozano breaks down the right flank, but he scoops his cross on to the roof of the net. PSV’s attempt to get a consolation goal looks to be over.
Lozano lifts a free-kick into the box and Pereiro almost finds space to strike, but he sees his effort charged down. Hendrix gathers the rebound, only to hammer his effort well over the bar.
There will be five minutes of added time.
Messi clips a free-kick into the box from the left flank and the ball is inches away from reaching the boots of both Suarez and Vidal on the slide before Zoet claims.
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Messi makes it 4-0 as he completes another hat-trick.
GOALLLLLLLL!!! HAT-TRICK FOR MESSI!!! BARCELONA HAVE FOUR!!! The Argentine completes his hat-trick with a fine finish from the inside right channel. Suarez releases his team-mate with a precise throughball, sending him behind the PSV backline. Messi holds his composure and buries a right-footed effort past Zoet into the bottom corner. A brilliant finish from the forward.
Suarez turns the ball into space for Messi to collect and score.
Barcelona are using the ball to see out the game even with 10 men. Valverde will not want any more drama.
Vidal replaces Rakitic for the Catalan club.
Arthur replaces Dembele for the hosts.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Lozano makes headway into the box and finishes in style with a low effort into the bottom corner, but he was an offside position after collecting De Jong’s pass.
Rosario makes way for Gutierrez.
Coutinho is withdrawn so that Lenglet can replace Umtiti in the back four.
RED CARD! Umtiti blocks off the run of Lozano and the referee shows him a second yellow card. A needless dismissal for the Frenchman as his side have the three points in hand.
Malen replaces Bergwijn for the visitors.
Rakitic lifts a pinpoint ball over the top of the PSV defence for Messi to reach and score.
That will be that then, Rakitic cushions the ball into Messi’s path and he finishes well from inside the box.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! MESSI KILLS OFF THE CONTEST!! BARCELONA 3-0!!! The Argentine notches his second of the contest to secure the three points. Rakitic lifts a ball over the top of the PSV backline and Messi times his run to perfection to latch on to the offload. Messi takes on the strike first time and buries his effort into the bottom corner, leaving Zoet with no chance.
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Ousmane Dembele has made a stunning start to the season, and that’s a great strike, turning his man before curling the ball home.
GOALLLLLLL!!!!!! DEMBELE SCORES A STUNNER!!! BARCELONA 2-0!!!! The Catalan club kill off the game as the Frenchman scores a brilliant individual goal. Dembele turns out of two challenges with a neat piece of skill, leaving the PSV defence rooted to the spot. He reaches the edge of the box before bending a pinpoint effort past the hand of Zoet into the bottom corner. A fantastic effort from Dembele.
Coutinho slides a simple pass to Dembele, who does the rest for the home side.
Barcelona have not gone to their bench yet, but Valverde could be tempted the longer this continues.
The Catalan club struggle for the clinical edge in the box after Suarez and Rakitic combined, with the latter placing his curling pass out for a goal-kick.
The longer Barcelona are not able to get the second goal, the more hope it gives to PSV of forcing a positive result this evening.
OFF THE BAR! Suarez has an attempt out of nothing that almost doubles the home side’s lead. He fakes an offload before lifting his effort over Zoet, only to see the ball hit the bar and bounce over.
Isimat-Mirin replaces Viergever in the middle of the PSV defence. Viergever was on a yellow card.
PSV are putting the pressure on the home side and Lozano goes for another strike from distance, firing his effort wide of the post from 20 yards.
BLOCK! Bergwijn makes another probing run forward through the middle of the Barca midfield. He offloads to Lozano in the box, who sees his effort at goal diverted behind by Pique on the slide.
SAVE! Bergwijn makes a good run down the left before cutting the ball back to Angelino to strike. He belts his effort first time towards the net, but Ter Stegen holds firm to make the stop on his line.
WIDE! There’s no magic this time from Messi as he bends his effort wide of the target. Not his best attempt.
Suarez gets the better of Viergever and then goes down under contact from the defender. The referee awards Barcelona a free-kick 25 yards from goal that Messi will take.
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SAVE! Coutinho creates half-a-yard of space for a strike at goal and he curls his effort with power towards the top corner. The strike is goalbound before Zoet sticks out a hand to divert it over the bar. A brilliant stop from the Dutchman.
Pereiro makes a break to the edge of the Barcelona box and goes down under Rakitic’s challenge, but the referee waves play on, much to the fury of Van Bommel on the sideline.
De Jong pulls back Coutinho and goes into the book.
Umtiti is booked for a loose challenge in the air on De Jong.
CHANCE! Suarez hits back immediately with a run to the byline down the right. He cuts the ball back across the face of goal, although it’s diverted out to the edge of the box. Coutinho collects and strikes first time, only to hammer his effort well over the bar. A disappointing attempt from the Brazilian.
OVER! Lozano collects in space down the right and he goes for the strike from the edge of the box, only to blaze his effort over the bar.
Dumfries does well at the back for the visitors to fend off Suarez’s probing run down the left inside channel before winning a free-kick from a loose challenge from Alba.
SAVE! Messi goes on a surge to the edge of the box and fires a low strike towards the bottom corner. Zoet gets down well to make the stop, although Dumfries has to be on hand to clear the rebound.
Rosario puts Schwaab under huge pressure at the back with a loose ball towards Zoet. The defender has to complete a back header to his keeper with the lurking presence of Dembele ready to pounce.
Hendrix collects in a decent position on the edge of the Barcelona box, but he can only steer the ball into the arms of Ter Stegen.
We’re back underway at Camp Nou.
PSV have had a couple of moments on the break. Gaston Pereiro should have hit the target with a left-footed volley, only to blast his strike over the bar. Luuk de Jong threatened just before the break with a rasping strike that travelled over. If the Dutch outfit keep Barcelona at bay they could force a result in the second half.
Lionel Messi has handed Barcelona a 1-0 lead at the break in their Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven. The Catalan club have dominated the first half without being at the peak of their powers. However, Messi produced a special strike from a free-kick to hand the home side the advantage, bending his effort over the wall and into the top corner. Ernesto Valverde’s men are more than capable of shifting up the gears to secure the result with relative ease this evening.
HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 PSV EINDHOVEN
There will be one minute of added time.
OVER! PSV break and De Jong is afforded space and time to shoot on the half-volley from 20 yards. The striker gets good contact on his effort and it has Ter Stegen concerned, although the ball sails just over the crossbar. The visitors have had their moments.
Suarez offloads to Dembele in the left inside channel and the Frenchman attempts to pick out the striker in the middle, but Schwaab is well placed to clear the danger.
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Rakitic goes for goal from distance after the PSV defence dropped back to the edge of the box. He gets a decent connection on his effort, although Zoet is able to make a comfortable stop.
Dumfries was clipped inadvertently while Alba took his strike and requires treatment on the pitch before we can continue.
Alba cuts in from the left flank and has an ambitious dart at goal from 25 yards, striking a right-footed effort well over the bar.
Suarez chases down a lost cause into the left inside channel and he keeps it alive. However, it’s all for nothing as the Uruguayan looks over to the sideline and sees the offside flag raised.
Barcelona are in complete control of the game and are knocking the ball around the PSV half with ease. Messi is looking imperious this evening.
Suarez spots Zoet off his line and goes for an ambitious strike from 40 yards. The effort is narrowly off target, although Zoet gets back to claim the ball anyway.
Messi releases the run of Dembele over the top into the left inside channel. The Frenchman cuts the ball back into the middle, but both Suarez and Rakitic are unable to force the ball towards the net.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MESSI OPENS THE SCORING!!! 1-0 BARCELONA!!! Messi hands Barcelona the lead with an incredible strike. He bends his effort over the wall towards the top corner. Messi’s strike is always curling away from Zoet and it beats the keeper’s outstretched hand to find the top corner.
What a strike from Lionel Messi! The magician curls a free-kick home from the middle of the D to give Barcelona the lead.
Viergever goes into the book for his challenge on Dembele.
Dembele charges through the middle of the PSV defence and he goes down on the edge of the box from Viergever’s lunge. It hands Barcelona a free-kick in a dangerous position.
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SAVE! Sergi Roberto is the next Barcelona player to shoot at goal from distance. His effort travels through a crowd of players on the edge of the box and is saved by Zoet, although he has to gather at the second attempt.
Space opens up in the final third for Rakitic to drive at goal. He makes contact on the half-volley, but Viergever puts his body on the line to make the block.
Pereiro’s delivery is poor and cleared with ease by Barca, while Angelino’s cross on the follow-up is gathered by Ter Stegen in the six-yard area.
Rosario wins a free-kick from a loose challenge from Suarez backtracking. Pereiro will lift the resulting set-piece into the box from the left flank.
Barcelona work the ball around the visitors deep in PSV territory. Messi lifts a cross to the back post for Sergi Roberto to attack, but he can only head a tame effort straight at Zoet.
Hendrix scoops a long ball forward for Lozano to chase. The winger beats Alba to the ball down the flank, but he lacks support. Lozano goes for the strike, hammering his effort across the face of goal.
Viergever has to act in the middle to stop a surge from Messi in the box. Barcelona are piling on the pressure.
WIDE! Messi plays a delightful reverse pass for the run of Suarez in the right inside channel. The Uruguayan goes for the first-time strike, blasting his effort into the side-netting.
Barcelona are working the ball well in the final third, but have not forced Zoet into action as of yet.
Angelino has space down the left flank and he lifts a cross into the box. Barca fail to clear the danger and it falls to De Jong to strike, but Pique is there to block his effort.
Coutinho fakes the offload to Suarez before raiding into the box. He scoops the ball into the middle and Suarez dummies the ball for Messi to strike on his left foot, only for the Argentine to guide his attempt well over the bar.
CLOSE! Dembele loses out on the edge of the PSV box and it allows the visitors to break. Bergwijn collects De Jong’s pass in the final third and goes for the strike towards the bottom corner. His effort is a good one, but does not have the curl to find the back of the net, travelling just wide of the target.
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Suarez peels off his man from a throw-in down the left and scoops the ball back towards Dembele. The Frenchman goes for the strike, but hammers his effort harmlessly over the bar.
Suarez and Coutinho combine down the right flank and the Uruguayan drops a cross into the box for the run of his team-mate. Coutinho has to stretch to reach the ball and can only send his headed effort over the bar.
Messi opens up the PSV defence down the left flank with a lofted pass over the top for Dembele. However, the Frenchman has to stretch to make contact and he can only send the ball behind for a goal-kick.
OVER! Lozano’s delivery causes problems for the home side and the loose ball falls favourably for Pereiro to strike at goal. He shots on the half-volley on his left foot, sending his effort narrowly over the bar. A warning for Barca.
De Jong wins a free-kick for the visitors inside the Barcelona half, which will be whipped into the box by Lozano.
Messi latches on to an offload from Sergi Roberto and the Argentine shapes to shoot on the edge of the box, only to be quelled by a sliding tackle from Hendrix.
Rakitic sends an ambitious pass over to the left flank for Alba’s run, but he slightly overhits the ball, sending it out for a throw-in.
Barcelona are encamped in the PSV half to start the contest and are putting the visitors under pressure at the back.
We’re underway at Camp Nou.
This will be the seventh overall meeting between Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, with the Catalans having lost just one of the previous encounters (won two, drawn three); a 0-3 defeat in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup semi-final first leg in Holland.
Barcelona will meet PSV Eindhoven for the first time since two 2-2 draws during the group stages of the 1997/98 Champions League campaign.
PSV crushed ADO Den Haag in their last outing in Eredivisie, winning the contest 7-0 on the road. As a result, Van Bommel has named an unchanged side for the trip to his old stomping ground, with De Jong, Bergwijn and Lozano leading the line.
Barcelona make two changes to the side that beat Real Sociedad last time out. Busquets and Coutinho come into the side to replace Semedo and Rafinha, leaving Sergi Roberto to drop back into the right-back position.
PSV subs: Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Aziz Behich, Eloy Room, Donyell Malen, Trent Sainsbury, Bart Ramselaar, Erick Gutierrez.
PSV (4-3-3): Jeroen Zoet; Denzel Dumfries, Daniel Schwaab, Nick Viergever, Angelino; Pablo Rosario, Gaston Pereiro, Jorrit Hendrix; Hirving Lozano, Luuk de Jong, Steven Bergwijn.
Barcelona subs: Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Rafinha, Jasper Cillessen, Clement Lenglet, Munir El Haddadi, Arturo Vidal.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele.
Let’s take a look at the two sides this evening, starting with the home side.
PSV return to the Champions League after missing out on a place in the competition last season. Mark van Bommel’s side had to battle their way past BATE Borisov in the third qualifying round. The Dutch outfit defeated their opponents both home and away to secure their place in the group stage, but the challenge of reaching the last 16 will be great due to the quality of the teams they will be facing.
Barcelona begin their quest to end their three-season drought without winning the Champions League. The Catalan club have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the last three years on the bounce. Barcelona supporters have been forced to watch their bitter rivals Real Madrid win the crown for the past three years. Ernesto Valverde’s men will be aiming to make a statement to kickstart their European campaign.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League Group B clash between Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven at Camp Nou.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Dembélé, Suárez.
PSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Vergever, Angelino, Rosario, Hendrix, Pereiro, Bergwijn, De Jong, Lozano.
Van Bommel hopes there can be a ‘surprise’ at Barcelona
What a game tonight…
The men from Catalonia will head into the game on the back of a perfect five-game start to the season, although PSV have won seven on the trot since their penalty shoot-out defeat by Feyenoord in the Dutch Super Cup on August 4.
The visitors are managed by former midfielder Mark van Bommel, who won the competition with Barcelona in 2005-06, and he will return refusing to be bowed by the task ahead of his team.
He told a press conference: “There are people who say that if you go to Barcelona and you only lose 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, you did a good job.
“But that’s not our goal and if you’re going to think like that you’d be better off staying home. Once or twice a season, there’s a surprise.”