Uefa Champions League results: Messi, Neymar and Suarez on target as Celtic crumble at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick, while his strike partners Luis Suarez (2) and Neymar also got on the scoresheet as Barcelona kicked off Group C with a rout. Elsewhere, Arsenal clinched a draw against Paris Saint-Germain thanks to Alexis Sanchez's goal.
Neymar, right, Lionel Messi, centre and Luis Suarez were all on target against Celtic. Manu Fernandez / AP Photo
Neymar, right, Lionel Messi, centre and Luis Suarez were all on target against Celtic. Manu Fernandez / AP Photo

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at Camp Nou to lay down a marker in Uefa Champions League Group C on Tuesday.

Messi produced a stunning display, hitting a record sixth hat-trick in the competition.

He smashed home a pass from Neymar in the third minute and the Argentine maestro struck again in the 27th after Celtic’s Moussa Dembele had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

• Gallery: Barcelona batter Celtic, Bayern Munich roll over Rostov

Neymar curled in a free kick to stretch Barca’s lead in the 50th minute before crossing for Andres Iniesta to volley the fourth.

Messi then grabbed his third goal, overtaking Real Madrid greats Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas to reach six European Cup trebles.

Neymar laid on the sixth for Suarez and the Uruguayan completed the rout with his second strike in stoppage time.

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Bayern win Champions League record 13th home match in succession

Bayern Munich crushed Champions League newcomers Rostov 5-0 on Tuesday with two goals from youngster Joshua Kimmich to kick off their Group D campaign and set a competition record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

The 21-year-old Germany international struck twice in the second half after striker Robert Lewandowski converted a 28th-minute penalty and Thomas Muller added another goal on the stroke of half time to kill off any chances of a Russian comeback.

Kimmich’s two goals in eight minutes confirmed his fine scoring form for club and country after he grabbed his first league goal last week and also netted in Germany’s World Cup qualifier earlier this month. Juan Bernat swept home Bayern’s fifth in the 90th minute.

The Russians, making their first group stage appearance, defended well for the first 20 minutes but were eventually overrun by the Germans, who beat Manchester United’s previous record of 12 consecutive home victories in the competition.

Bayern, who gave new manager Carlo Ancelotti a winning start in the competition, next play Atletico Madrid, who beat them in last season’s semi-finals. They also face PSV Eindhoven in their group.

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Giroud and Verratti see red as Arsenal earn a point at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain’s stuttering start to the season continued on Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Arsenal in their Champions League Group A opener.

The hosts enjoyed a dream start when Edinson Cavani put them ahead in the first minute but PSG wasted a handful of chances before Alexis Sanchez equalised in the second half.

Cavani headed home after just 44 seconds but gradually let Arsenal fight their way back into the game until Sanchez fired home from just inside the box in the 78th minute.

Both sides ended with 10 men after Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud tangled with PSG’s Marco Verratti and both were shown red cards.

French champions PSG, who took only one point from their last two Ligue 1 games, next travel to Ludogorets while Arsenal will host Basel on September 28.

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Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach match called off because of bad weather

City called off the batch due to adverse weather and rescheduled it for Wednesday night.

Heavy rain saturated the pitch at the Etihad Stadium in the two hours before the scheduled 7.45pm (10.45pm UAE) kick-off.

Referee Bjorn Kuipers and officials inspected the surface at about 6.55pm UK time and a decision to postpone was communicated around 30 minutes later.

City themselves announced the news via Twitter.

“Tonight’s #UCL match between #mcfc and @borussia_en has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions,” a statement read.

Although the stadium was largely empty at the time, with most City fans having decided against entering, several Monchengladbach supporters, who had taken their positions, booed a public announcement.

RESULTS:

Tuesday

Group A

• Basel 1 Ludogorets Razgrad 1

• Paris Saint-Germain 1 Arsenal 1

Group B

• Benfica 1 Besiktas 1

• Dynamo Kiev 1 Napoli 2

Group C

• Barcelona 7 Celtic 0

• Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach (suspended due to adverse weather conditions)

Group D

• Bayern Munich 5 Rostov 0

• PSV Eindhoven 0 Atletico Madrid 1

FIXTURES:

Wednesday (all kick-off times are 10.45pm UAE)

Group E

• Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moscow

• Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco

Group F

• Legia Warsaw v Borussia Dortmund

• Real Madrid v Sporting of Lisbon

Group G

• Club Brugge v Leicester City

• Porto v Copenhagen

Group H

• Juventus v Sevilla

• Lyon v Dynamo Zagreb

Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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