FT: Barcelona 4-0 PSV. An eighth Champions League hat-trick for that man Messi sees Barca off to a fine start in this season's Champions League. It was laboured in the beginning, sublime by the end. The goals were of the highest calibre, with Dembele's arguably the pick of the bunch. Tottenham beware. Thanks for joining us. Goodbye.
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FC Barcelona - PSV
Champions League - 18 September 2018
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Lozano whips a cross into the middle, but Barca get it clear at the second attempt. That's them done.
Five added minutes here...
So, so easy. Great build-up from Barca, Suarez steers the ball through for Messi and, on his supposed weaker right foot, he rifles the ball into the bottom corner for another Champions League treble.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!! Barcelona 4-0 PSV. Hat-trick number 42 for Messi to complete the rout.
Final change for Barcelona, with Arturo Vidal coming on for Rakitic.
Erick Gutierrez replaces Rosario for PSV, and immediately has the ball in the net, but it is ruled out for offside.
Two changes for Barca. Clement Lenglet and Arthur replace Dembele and Coutinho.
RED CARD! Not all good news for Barcelona as Umtiti blocks off Lozano to earn himself a second yellow card and his marching orders. He will now miss the trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham.
Wonderful pass from Rakitic over the top for Messi, who took it on the half volley - the result was glorious.
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Barcelona 3-0 PSV. Touche Lionel, touche. Two for Messi, three for Barcelona, game over.
Anything you can do, Lionel, Ousmane can do better. As good a individual goal as you will see from the 21-year-old. He showed wonderful skill to get away from his man, before curling a strike into the bottom corner.
GOOOOOOOALLLLLLL! Barcelona 2-0 PSV. I spoke to soon, and what a goal it was from Dembele!
Barca have slowed the pace of their play right down now, seemingly content with a 1-0 win.
Early kick offs are not putting the masses off it seems...
PSV are not out of this. They are pressing and pressing here. All it takes it one mistake...
WOODWORK! Incredible improvisation from Suarez and he goes to chip Zoet, beats the PSV goalkeeper, but sees his effort hit the crossbar and fly over the top.
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin is on for PSV in place of Viergever.
BLOCK! Barca a little short at the back, ball is worked to Luzano, who fires a low drive for goal, but Gerard Pique throws himself at the shot to block.
Bergwijn cuts the ball back just outside the area and Angelino hits a low drive, but Ter Stegen is level to it.
Messi lines up another free-kick from distance, but this time fires over the top.
It is only September, too...
SAVE! Out of nowhere, Coutinho fires a brilliant strike towards the top corner, but Zoet throws up a hand to tip the ball over the top. Fine stop.
Two quick-fire yellow cards, one for Umtiti and one for De Jong. The game has become a little spicy of late...
MISS! It really should be 2-0 for Barcelona. Great play from Suarez to bounce off his man, get to the byline, pull it back for Coutinho, who looks certain to score, but scoops his shot over the top.
Luzano is one-on-one with Umtiti, but blazes well over the top from outside the penalty area.
The moment of genius...
SAVE! It opens up for Messi on the edge of the box, he curls an effort towards the bottom corner, but Zoet is down to make a smart stop.
Messi shields the ball brilliantly before earning the foul. Sometimes you cannot get the ball off him.
Luzano whips a cross to the back post, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out to punch clear.
We are back up and running here in the Nou Camp...
Half time here. Barca started off a little sluggishly, but grew into the contest, aided by the brilliance of their Argentinean genius. His free-kick goal was simply delicious, and got him and Barca up and running in this season's competition in style. This is not over, though, as PSV possess a threat on the counter. Next goal is crucial.
Rakitic drills an effort for goal from distance, but that is straight at Zoet.
Nobody is safe...
Break in play for an injury. PSV are welcoming the respite...
Messi really enjoying himself now, as he feeds Sergi Roberto down the right, but he is dispossessed.
He's not bad at them...
Suarez has an ambitious effort from distance, but that is an easy save for Jeroen Zoet.
Barcelona are hungry for more here. Great play from Jordi Alba, he clips it towards Dembele, but it is just too high for the France forward.
The weirdest thing about that wonderful free-kick goal from Messi was that it was so utterly predictable. His 61st Champions League group-stage goal was sublime in the extreme, curled over the top of the wall and into the top corner.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Barcelona 1-0 PSV Eindhoven. Yep, you guessed it, more magic from Messi.
Dembele drives right at the heart of the PSV defence, draws the foul from Nick Viergever, who earns himself a yellow card.
Sergi Roberto lets fly from distance, but that is straight down the goalkeeper's throat.
Not just fans...
Barca cannot find a way through. They are passing the ball around well, but cannot find that killer pass.
PSv more than holding their own here. In fact, they have looked more like scoring.
Hirving Luzano races clear of the Barca back line, shoots early, but that is always going well wide.
CHANCE! Wonderful pass from Messi in behind for Suarez, who elects to shoot from the angle, but finds only the side-netting. Should maybe have pulled the ball back.
Not the best goalkeeping there from Ter Stegen, who has had little to do so far. Angelino puts a whipped cross into the area and there is a bit of miscommunication between the goalkeeper and his defender as he comes out to collect before scrambling back to his line.
Real contrast in attacking style. PSV so direct, while Barca pass, pass, pass.
CLOSE! PSV again almost score! Wonderful curling effort after a swift counter from Steven Bergwijn, but the ball just whistles past the post.
Barca getting plenty of joy down the left as Dembele fires over from the angle.
They are starting to find their rhythm.
10' - A wonderful pass from Messi as he picks out the run of Dembele down the left-hand side of the box but it has just a bit too much on it as Dembele tries to keep the ball in play, but it ends up on the top of the net.
CLOSE! Poor header from Sergi Roberto falls kindly for Gastón Pereiro, who brings the ball under control before lashing a half volley over the crossbar.
PSV go long, looking for Luuk de Jong, but the lone hitman is never getting anywhere with that.
Nice play from Barca involving Ivan Rakitic and Messi, but the move breaks down.
Barca with all of the ball early on. Ousmane Dembele tries to clip a cross into the middle, but it is blocked.
We are under way here in Catalonia.
Can Barca's front three fire? Compared to his usual super-human efforts, Messi's goal return last season was not anything particularly special, having scored just six goals from 10 appearances on the continent. However, normal service has been resumed this season in La Liga, with Messi sitting atop the scoring charts as Barca have picked up four wins from four so far. Ousmane Dembele has as many [three] goals already this season as he managed in a injury-ravaged campaign in 2017/18, the same as two-time Golden Boot winner Luis Suarez. Both will have to improve on their solitary strikes in last season's Champions League if Barca are to go all the way. First step is getting up and running with a win tonight, but it will not be easy against an in form PSV! We are minutes away!
He doesn't miss...
DUTCH COURAGE NEEDED: PSV have not won any of their last eight matches in the Champions League (D4 L4), the longest current run among the sides competing in this seasons competition (also Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge). Also, PSV have won just one of their last 16 away matches in the Champions League (D4 L11), a 1-0 win in Russia against CSKA Moscow under manager Jan Wouters back in November 2007.
HOME COMFORTS: Barcelona have won 24 of their last 26 Champions League games at the Camp Nou (W24 D2 L0), with their last defeat there dating back to May 2013 against Bayern Munich (0-3).
Time to knock their great rivals off their perch?
HEAD TO HEAD: 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. This will be the seventh overall meeting between Barcelona and PSV, with the Catalans having lost just one of the previous encounters (W2 D3); a 0-3 defeat in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup semi-final first leg in Holland. PSV have never won away from home at Barcelona in European competition, losing one and drawing two of their three previous trips.
A look inside the famous stadium...
BIG GUNS ARE BACK! Sergio Busquets and Philippe Coutinho, who both sat out of Barcelona's weekend victory over Real Sociedad, return to the starting XI, as they are at full strength for this Group B opener. Nelson Semedo and Rafinha drop to the bench.
A DUTCH OF CLASS! PSV smashed ADO Den Haag 7-0 in their Eredivisie fixture at the weekend, and name the same XI from that fixture.
The teams are in...BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Pique, Alba, Roberto, Umtiti, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi, Dembele...subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Lenglet, Arthur, Rafinha, Vidal, Munir////PSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino, Roasrio, Hendrix, Pereiro, Bergwijn, De Jong, Lozano... subs: Room, Isimat, Behich, Malen, Sainsbury, Ramselaar, Gutierrez.
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