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Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City Messi’s hat-trick downs 10-man Citizens

Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City Messi’s hat-trick downs 10-man Citizens
 
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona recorded a 4-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C clash at Camp Nou.

Claudio Bravo and Jeremy Mathieu saw red in the second period as both teams finished with 10 men, but a treble from Messi and late strike from Neymar, who also missed a penalty, ensured that it was a miserable return to Barcelona for Man City boss Guardiola.
Messi was back in the Barcelona XI after making his return from a groin problem off the bench at the weekend, while Andres Iniesta and Samuel Umtiti were also recalled in a team that showed four changes from their league game with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday afternoon.
The big team news came from Man City though as Sergio Aguero was left on the bench in a surprise tactical call from Pep Guardiola, which meant a striking role for Kevin de Bruyne, with Nolito, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in support of the Belgian international.
It was a positive start from the visitors, who enjoyed plenty of possession inside the opening 10 minutes of action. Barcelona, on the other hand, were forced into a defensive change early on when Lucas Digne took the place of Jordi Alba, who appeared to aggravate a previous hamstring problem in the early exchanges at Camp Nou.
De Bruyne remained the player most likely to make things happen for Man City and the Belgian brought a smart save from Ter Stegen 25 minutes from time, but Messi had his third in the 69th minute when Suarez made use some more sloppy defending before feeding the Argentine, who tapped home from inside the box.
Barcelona were also reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute, however, when Mathieu picked up two bookings in the space of two minutes – the second of which came after a lunge on Sterling, who was clear down the left.

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