Messi ruins Guardiola return


Messi ruins Guardiola return PARIS: Lionel Messi spoiled Pep Guardiola’s homecoming by scoring a hat-trick in Barce­lona’s 4-0 win over 10-man Manchester City in the Cham­pions League on Wednesday, while Bayern Munich shook off their recent patchy form to defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1.

Messi pounced on a Fernandinho slip to nudge Barca in front on 17 minutes, and the Argentine doubled his tally on the hour following the dismissal of City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

The Chile international, who left the Camp Nou in August to replace Joe Hart at City, was sent off for a blatant handball outside the area having knocked his misplaced clearance straight to Luis Suarez.

Messi swept in a third on 69 minutes to complete a second straight hat-trick in Europe, while Barca also finished the game a man down after substitute Jeremy Mathieu picked up a second booking.

Neymar missed a late penalty but atoned with Barca’s fourth soon after as the Spaniards made it three wins from three to take control of Group C, with second-place City five points adrift.

“At that level it is hard, but until 10 against 11 it was open and we were competing against a team with a big personality,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“But after the (red) card it was over. I spoke with (Bravo), he was disappointed but it’s part of the game.” Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn both capitalised on mistakes from Kolo Toure to gift Borussia Moenchengladbach their first points of the competition with a 2-0 win at Celtic.

In Munich, Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern dismissed concerns about their performance of late by ending a three-match winless run at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Thomas Mueller grabbed a 13th-minute opener at the Allianz Arena before fellow Germany international Joshua Kimmich netted his seventh goal in all competitions this season.

Luciano Narsingh gave PSV hope when he halved the deficit shortly before the break, but Poland striker Robert Lewandowski eased fears of another setback with Arjen Robben netting Bayern’s fourth.

However, the Bundesliga giants still trail Atletico Madrid in Group D after Yannick Carrasco’s second-half strike steered last year’s finalists to another 1-0 victory away to Russian side Rostov.


Arsenal 6 Ludogorets 0

Paris Saint-Germain 3 Basel 0

Napoli 2 Besiktas 3

Dynamo Kiev 0 Benfica 2

Celtic 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 2

Barcelona 4 Manchester City 0

Rostov 0 Atletico Madrid 1

Bayern Munich 4 PSV Eindhoven 1


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