Guardi­ola no match for Messi

Barcelona beat City 4-0

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

tri­als prior to the Rio Olympics.

She is still work­ing with high school coach Mau­rice Wil­son.

HARD WORK AHEAD

“I just hope to train hard and stay in­jury free and, hope­fully, I will make the World Cham­pi­onships team,” added the ath­lete.

She was backed by a hus­band who is also the JDF’s sports team cap­tain.

“It was a good feel­ing when she and her team picked up that medal. I’m hop­ing for the best for her. She did well this sea­son and we are look­ing for bet­ter next sea­son, hope­fully God is on her side and she stays in­jury free and will pull through with gold,” Cap­tain Whilby pointed out.

He noted that he will be hop­ing to travel to Lon­don to sup­port his wife.

“Well, my boss is here. Hope­fully, there is noth­ing in the coun­try that re­quires me here, and, hope­fully, I can go,” he re­marked.

“I do think she has her best to come.” ROME, Italy (AP): AF­TER ALL the hype about Pep Guardi­ola re­turn­ing to face his for­mer club, Lionel Messi en­sure that it was no con­test.

Messi scored a hat-trick to deal a hum­bling de­feat to his for­mer men­tor yes­ter­day, lead­ing Barcelona to an em­phatic 4-0 vic­tory over Manch­ester City in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Messi sped through City’s de­fence and around for­mer Barcelona goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo be­fore giv­ing the hosts the 17th-minute lead in a Group C match that both teams fin­ished with 10 men.

It only got worse for Bravo, who was sent off in the sec­ond half for us­ing his hands to block a shot out­side the area af­ter his poor pass gifted the ball to Luis Suarez.

Messi struck again in the 61st and 69th to take his to­tal to 89 goals in Europe’s top club com­pe­ti­tion. The Ar­gentina for­ward is sec­ond only to Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s 98.

Barcelona’s sub­sti­tute de­fender Jeremy Mathieu was sent off in the 73rd minute for a sec­ond yel­low card.

Ney­mar rounded off the win from a pass by Messi, mo­ments af­ter the Brazil striker had missed a penalty that Messi had earned.

Barcelona lead Group C with a per­fect nine points, City have four and Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach three af­ter their 2-0 win at last-place Celtic, who have one point.

In Group A, Me­sut Ozil fired a sec­ond-half hat trick as Arse­nal took a big step to­ward the knock­out stage with a 6-0 rout of Bul­gar­ian cham­pion Lu­do­gorets.

The north Lon­don side, which is now un­beaten since the open­ing game of the sea­son two months ago, tops the group with seven points.

THREE-GOAL WIN

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Wal­cott and Alex OxladeCham­ber­lain had put Arse­nal up 3-0 be­fore Ozil took over.

Paris Saint-Ger­main also have seven points af­ter their 3-0 home win over Basel, who are level on one point with Lu­do­gorets.

An­gel Di Maria ended his goal drought at just the right mo­ment and striker Edin­son Ca­vani con­tin­ued his scor­ing streak as PSG over­came a poor start at the Parc des Princes.

Hav­ing gone 17 games with­out a goal for club and coun­try, Di Maria pounced five min­utes be­fore half-time and Brazil­ian winger Lu­cas slot­ted in his sev­enth goal of the sea­son in the 62nd be­fore Ca­vani added a late penalty.

In Group B, Vin­cent Aboubakar scored twice as Be­sik­tas beat Napoli 3-2 to deny the Ital­ian club a chance of ad­vanc­ing from the group stage in record time. It was the Turk­ish side’s first win in the com­pe­ti­tion since 2009.

If Napoli had won, they would have be­come the first team in Cham­pi­ons League his­tory to ad­vance from the group af­ter just three matches.

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