Neymar, Messi light up Champions League action


Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona inflicted more Champions League pain on Tottenham with a 4-2 win at Wembley on Wednesday, while Neymar hit a brilliant hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain’s 6-1 rout of Red Star Belgrade.

Philippe Coutinho scored after just two minutes for Barcelona, who arrived in London winless in three La Liga matches, with Ivan Rakitic drilling in a magnificent second.
Messi, who had earlier twice hit the post then got on the scoresheet in between goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela, before Argentina superstar grabbed his second late on seal victory.
Barca head Group ‘B’ on six points alongside Inter Milan, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side face a vital double-header against PSV Eindhoven after failing to collect a point from their opening two matches.
Inter, the Champions League in 2010, again recovered from a goal down to beat PSV 2-1 in the Netherlands.
A cracking Pablo Rosario strike put PSV ahead, but Inter leveled through Radja Nainggolm moments after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic somehow escaped a red card for handling outside his area.

Mauro Icardi, whose late goal stunned Spurs a fortnight ago, was the hero again for Luciano Spalletti’s men as he pounced on hesitant defending to net the winner on the hour.
PSG rebounded from their 3-2 defeat by Liverpool with an attacking masterclass against 1991 European Cup winners Red Star at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar curled in a sublime free-kick to open the scoring on 20 minutes, quickly doubling his tally before Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and Kylian Mbappe also found the target.
Former Germany international Marko Marin popped up with a consolation for Red Star, with Neymar completing his hat-trick from another stunning free-kick.
Tottenham Hotspur 2
(Kane 52, Lamela 66)
Barcelona 4
(Coutinho 2, Rakitic 28, Messi 56, 90)
Paris Saint-Germain 6
(Neymar  20, 22, 81, cavani 37, Di Maria 41, Mbappe 70)
Red Star Belgrade 1
(Marin 74)
Napoli 1
(Insigne 90)
Liverpool 0
Atletico Madrid (ESP) 3
(Griezmann 28, 67, koke 90+4)
Club Brugge 1
(Groeneveld 39)
Borussia Dortmund 3
(Bruun Larsen 51, Alcacer 72,Reus 90+2)
Monaco 0
PSV Eindhoven 1
( Rosario 27)
Inter Milan 2
(Nainggolan 44, Icardi 60)
Lokomotiv Moscow 0
Schalke 1
(  Mckennie 88)
FC Porto 1
(Marega 49)
Galatasaray 0
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