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Messi hat-trick secures Barcelona win over Man City

Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick as Barcelona took a 4-0 win over Manchester City at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Messi scored the opening three goals of the contest before Neymar rounded off the scoring. City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saw red in the 53rd minute after handling the ball outside the penalty area, with scoreline at 1-0 to the home side. Barcelona also went down a man in the 74th minute when Jeremy Mathieu received his second yellow card of the game. City manager Pep Guardiola thought that the game was over after the sending off of Bravo.

“It is hard to play Barca, but until we went down to ten players, it was open and we were competing against a team with a big personality,” Guardiola said.

“The first goal was due to an unfortunate slip and then for 10 minutes we were a little bit confused, but we were there; we were in the game.

“We were pressing, we had the possession and we made the chances but we didn’t take them and you have to do that to win the game – especially against this team.

“But after the red card, it was over. Every game since Celtic has been the same – we have had own goals, missed penalties and we need to change the way things have been going.

“We created enough chances and arrived at the by-line many times – enough chances to score one or two goals. We know Barca and if you give their strikers an opportunity, they punish you.”

Barcelona tops Group C on 9 points, with City sitting in second place with 4 points.

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