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Messi Nets Hat-Trick As Barca Humiliate Celtic

UEFA Champions League 

Result: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic 

Date: 13 September 2016

Venue: Camp Nou

Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick to inspire FC Barcelona to a 7-0 thumping of Celtic in their opening UEFA Champions League clash.

The hosts went ahead after just three minutes as Messi broke into the box, before rifling the ball into the top corner.

Celtic got a lifeline after 23 minutes when Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Moussa Dembele in the box. However, the Frenchman stepped up and had his spot-kick saved.

The visitors were punished for the miss, as Messi and Neymar combined wonderfully, before the Argentine poked home from six-yards out, 2-0.

The Scottish champions did have the ball in the back of the net just before the break, but Scott Sinclair was flagged offside.

Barcelona added a third goal five minutes into the second half, courtesy of a sublime free-kick from Neymar that sailed into the top corner.

Second-half substitute Andres Iniesta registered his name on the score-sheet in the 58th with a wonderful volley from the edge of the box, after getting on the end of Neymar's cross.

Messi completed his hat-trick a few moments later, when the Argentine turned home Luis Suarez's cross at the near post.

Suarez managed to get his name on the score-sheet in the 75th minute, as the Uruguayan controlled Neymar's lofted pass on his chest, before volleying home from six-yards out, 6-0.

Suarez rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute with a finish from six-yards out for his second of the game, after being teed up by Messi, 7-0

 

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