Lionel Messi starts to deliver on Barcelona Champions League promise

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Messi went into the game tied with Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League hat-tricks: each having scored seven.

Barca have taken a backseat to arch rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League in the last three seasons, last term's stunning loss to Roma marking their third successive quarter-final exit, and for long periods they offered little to suggest a challenge is forthcoming this season.

The game also saw individual records being broken as Argentine ace Lionel Messi notched his eighth UEFA Champions League hat-trick thereby becoming the first player to do so.

PSV are the 30th team Messi has scored against in the Champions League, .

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Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world. The mood was briefly dampened when France defender Umtiti was dismissed in the 79th minute for a second yellow card, ruling him out of Barca's next Champions League game away to Tottenham Hotspur on October 3. It's not easy because this is the Champions League.

Liverpool top Group C after substitute Roberto Firmino struck a brilliant stoppage-time victor in their 3-2 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. PSG, whose main goal this season is to win the Champions League after repeated failures, next plays Red Star Belgrade, which drew 0-0 with Napoli.

Christian Pulisic celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring on his return from injury to give Borussia Dortmund a late 1-0 win at Club Brugge in group A. Many outside viewers thought this was a ridiculous price for such a young player but Barca wanted their man and made sure they got him.

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

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