Champions League Key Talking Points : Liverpool Stumble, Neymar's Brilliance And Lionel Messi Masterclass

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From Neymar's brilliance to Lionel Messi's masterclass, here at the key takeaways from the UEFA Champions League group stage matches on Wednesday.

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Updated On:

After witnessing several twists and turns during the previous matchweek, this time out wasn't any different. With 23 goals scored in eight group stage matches on Tueday, Wednesday saw it taken a notch higher after the eight games on Wednesday brought 26 goals.

Normal services resumed for Neymar as he bagged his first hat-trick of the season against Red Star Belgrade, while Messi was at his usual best against Tottenham at Wembley, a stadium that he has fond memories of. So, without further ado, here are the key takeaways.

Liverpool loses for the second time in a week

After been knocked out of the Carabo Cup by bitter-rivals Chelsea, the Reds were handed their second loss in a span of one week courtesy of Lorenzo Insigne late dramatic winner. Liverpool for the first time this season looked outplayed by the opposition, to such an extent that they even didn't produce a shot on target. It just wasn't the night for Jugen Klopp's men, who saw themselves slip from first to third position in the group standings.

The Neymar Jr. show

Paris Saint Germain registered their first win of the UCL season after they thrashed Red Star Belgrade 6-1 at the Parc de Princess. It was a clinical performance by all means for the French champions, but the man of the night was Neymar Jr. The Brazilian helped his team to bounce back from the loss against Liverpool by scoring twice before the stroke of half-time to give his side a healthy lead. Their opponents seemed no match for the French outfit, with PSG enjoying the lions share of the possession. Edison Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria found the back of the net, before Neymar completed the mauling with a well-crafted free-kick to claim the matchball.

Lionel Messi masterclass

Barcelona renewed their love affair with Wembley, a stadium that has seen them win two Champions League titles against Sampdoria in 1992, and against Manchester United in 2011. Now against Tottenham, the story was no different, with Messi being the architect behind the win. The Argentine struck twice before setting up the two goals, scored by Coutinho and Rakitic in the 4-2 rout of the Premier League side. It was a great result for the Spanish giants, who arrived winless in their last three La Liga matches. Now with the result, Messi is the leading goal-scorer of the competition with 5 goals to his name. 

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