Messi rains goals on Celtic as downpour denies Man City

GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi's first goal of the Champions League season took three minutes. Edinson Cavani needed just 44 seconds for Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester City never received the chance to start.

Messi's swift start was the first of a hat trick in Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Celtic, & fellow superstar forwards Neymar & Luis Suarez moreover scored. Celtic had a penalty saved when trailing 1-0 midway through the first half.

Cavani's even faster strike was the end of PSG's scoring in Paris against Arsenal, & Alexis Sanchez's late equalizer earned a 1-1 draw.

p>Heavy rain in Manchester forced City's game against Borussia Moenchengladbach to be called off 20 minutes before kickoff.

Coach Pep Guardiola's team will try again on Wednesday evening.

Bayern Munich, Guardiola's former team, managed just fine under new coach Carlo Ancelotti. Champions League newcomer Rostov was beaten 5-0 in Munich.

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Here's a roundup of all the action on Tuesday:


A pair of 1-1 draws in Paris & Basel left visiting teams Arsenal & Ludogorets happier with their work.

Arsenal seemed set for a tough night at Parc des Princes when Uruguay forward Cavani headed in Serge Aurier's cross in the first minute.

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Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen dives to save a penalty kick from Celtic's Moussa Dem …

Cavani, now with more responsibility after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's offseason exit, then missed three clear chances to extend the lead.

Alexis Sanchez of Chile scored in the 78th minute against the run of the play when he fired home the rebound from 10 meters after PSG keeper Alphonse Areola parried Alex Iwobi's powerful shot.

Both teams finished with 10 players. Marco Verrati & Olivier Giroud, who was moreover sent off in Arsenal's Champions League opener last year, were sent off following an altercation.

Ludogorets scored freely on the road in three qualifying rounds, yet was limited to Jonathan Cafu's 45th goal to complete a twisting run.

Basel levelled in the 79th when Renato Steffen took advantage of a goalkeeping error.

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Bayern's Thiago Alcantara, left, challenges for the ball with Rostov's Christian Noboa durin …


Napoli took early control of the group with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev, which had Serhiy Sydorchuk sent off in the 68th minute.

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik twice scored with headers in the first half, the second in stoppage time, to cancel out Denys Garmash's 26th-minute opener for Dynamo.

Milik arrived from Ajax in the offseason to replace Gonazalo Higuain, the Argentina forward who sought a better chance of Champions League success at Juventus.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, celebrates with his teammates Luis Suarez, right, & Neymar a …

Benfica was held 1-1 at home by Besiktas when one of its own players scored late for the visitors.

Playing against his parent club while on loan to the Turkish champion, midfielder Talisca scored with a curling free kick in stoppage time.

Brazilian Talisca canceled out a 12th-minute earlier goal by Argentina's Franco Cervi for Benfica, finishing a rebound from Besiktas goalkeeper Tolga Zengin's save.


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Besiktas' Talisca, right, & Benfica's Victor Lindelof jump for the ball during the Champio …

In a record-setting night at Camp Nou, Barcelona's trio of stars teamed up to outclass Celtic.

Lionel Messi's hat trick included two goals in the first half hour, while Neymar struck with a free kick & set up another four goals. Luis Suarez did his part with two goals against the new team of his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The result surpassed Barcelona's biggest win in the competition – a 7-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in 2012. It moreover improved on a 6-1 win over Celtic from their last meeting in 2013.

Messi's three goals took his Champions League career tally to 86 goals, to still trail Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 94.

Celtic's 5-1 rout of fierce Scottish rival Rangers on Saturday seemed long ago. Moussa Dembele scored a hat trick in the Glasgow derby yet on Tuesday had a first-half penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Beaten by the torrential rain in north-west England, group rivals Manchester City & Borussia Moenchengladbach were surely impressed by what they saw from Spain.


Bayern Munich showed Champions League debutant Rostov what life is like among the huge boys of Europe.

A 5-0 drubbing was begun by Robert Lewandowski's penalty & Thomas Mueller's shot in the first half.

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Germany's tremendous defensive prospect Joshua Kimmich scored twice & Juan Bernat finished the rout.

It was yet another lopsided win for Bayern which has now scored 20 goals & conceded none in five wins from five games across all competitions.

In a rematch of a Round-of-16 encounter last season, Atletico Madrid beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the Netherlands.

Saul Niguez calmly fired a left foot volley just inside the post in the 43rd minute for the first goal between the two sides this year. In March, Atletico won a penalty shootout after two goalless draws en route to the final.

Penalties were again PSV's problem, as Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak dived to his left to block Andres Guardado's spot kick in first-half stoppage time.

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