Spain's Barcelona got off to a good start in the group stage of the Champions League by beating PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands 4-0 on a great day for Lionel Messi, who scored three of his team's four goals.
The Catalan team had to wait until minute 31 of the match for their main star to open the scoreboard with a free kick far from goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet’s reach, who thanks to his performance prevented the score
from being far worse.
The rest of Barca's goals came in the 74th minute through Ousmane Dembelé, and a double by Lionel Messi in the 77th and 87th minutes.
Barcelona controlled the game, all the way to the end, even after losing Samuel Umtiti in the 79th minute, expelled for accumulating two yellow cards.
This beginning of the group stage is the ideal for Barcelona, which has drawn the achievement of its sixth European Cup as one of the biggest goals of the season.
Liverpool claw beats Paris Saint Germain
In another game of the day, Liverpool took advantage of playing at home, beating Paris Saint Germain (PSG) 3-2 with a goal from Roberto Firmino during the added time.
The French team paid its low performance on a large stage, as is Anfield, but showed flashes of what can become of their game when Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and company play interlocked.
Daniel Sturridge opened the scoreboard in the 30th minute for James Milner to put the 2-0 six minutes later.
The PSG came and showed force to discount in the 40th minute with a goal from Thomas Meunier. The match went back and forth and ended up favoring the visitors in the 83rd minute, when Mbappé received a pass in the center of the penalty area and did not forgive the goalkeeper.
But the resolution of the game came in the 90 + 1 minute, when Roberto Firmino took advantage of an error in the French defense to revolve in the area and beat goalkeeper Alphonse Areola with a cross shot.
Liverpool begins in a great way in a course that is expected to reach far into the continental tournament due to its acquisitions and the experience already accumulated by its great players.