Barcelona player ratings vs PSV: Messi shines as expected

20 September, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

He has also now scored more Champions League goals than PSV as a club, scoring 103 to their 102.

Messi's goals were his 101th, 102nd and 103rd in the Champions League, second only to former Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo all-time.

Messi would have his second and third before the end, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele.

The home side - staring down the effective loss of two points - tried its best to regain the advantage, but it appeared that a draw was going to be the outcome as the game moved into three minutes of stoppage time.

He has now scored in 14 different Champions League campaigns, with only Raul and Ryan Giggs ahead of him on 15 and 16 respectively.

'We always ask about Messi, ' said one reporter.

"Messi makes the extraordinary routine", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, whose side had Samuel Umtiti sent off late on.

Socceroos defenders Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich were unused substitutes for PSV.

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But Mauro Icardi's brilliant late volley brought the hosts level, and Matias Vecino headed in a stoppage-time victor for Inter, back in the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12.

Having lost their last two Premier League games, Spurs were on course for a welcome win via Christian Eriksen's second-half opener, which went in via a wicked deflection.

But PSG equalized through Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe.

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Barcelona will have to wait three weeks before its next Champions League match, when it visits Tottenham in London.

DF Gerard Pique, 6 - Looked anxious as Bergwijn ran at him but made up for not being able to stop the winger with an excellent block from Hirving Lozano's strike as PSV broke into the box searching for the equaliser.

The Dutch team is the 30th different club that the Argentine has scored against, since his debut goal against Panathinaikos in 2005.

Diego Costa equalised for visitors on 31 minutes before defender Jose Gimenez headed home the victor from a corner on the stroke of halftime. He only had to intervene once, when the Catalans' opponent came close to scoring when they were 1-0 up. He dominates games in ways only he can; he holds a constant, immovable influence on every match he plays, and shows out as by far the best player on the field every time. He unlocked the Alaves defense to start a 3-0 win in the opening round of the Spanish league.

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