European Champions League

Barcelona 4 – PSV Eindhoven 0

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Rakitic (Arturo Vidal 84’), Busquets, Coutinho (Lenglet 80‘); Messi, Luis Suárez, Dembélé (Arthur 82’). 4-3-3.
PSV: Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever (Isimat-Mirin 66’), Angelino; Hendrix, Rosario (Gutiérrez 81’), Pereiro; Lozano, Bergwijn (Malen 77’), De Jong. 4-3-3.

1-0. 31. Messi. Curled free kick over defensive wall into top corner of net.
2-0. 74. Dembélé. Picked up ball in midfield and ran to fire shot past keeper.
3-0. 76. Messi. Connected with lobbed Rakitic pass and swept shot past Zoet.
4-0. 86. Messi. Ran on to Luis Suárez pass and steered shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Viergever 29’, Umtiti 54’, 77’, De Jong 56’ / red cards: Umtiti 77’.

The Champions League is back, with all four Liga teams qualifying directly for the league stage this year. Barcelona started things off on Tuesday with a convincing 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven, Messi opening the scoring on the half hour mark with a “house-special” free kick, and Dembélé running through from midfield to fire home an impressive second after the restart. Messi completed yet another hat-trick later on, and the only downside was a red card for Umtiti for a second bookable offence near the end.