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Messi brace equals record

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during their Group F Champions League match against AFC Ajax at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, yesterday. Barcelona own 2 - 0.


Lionel Messi scored twice to draw even with Raul Gonzalez as the Champions League's all-time leading scorer yesterday when Barcelona won 2-0 at Ajax to advance to the knockout stage along with group leaders Paris Saint-Germain, which beat Apoel 1-0.

Bayern Munich also progressed, beating Roma 2-0 to maintain their perfect record, while Porto won by the same scoreline at Athletic Bilbao to join them in the next round.

It was a miserable night for English sides with nine-man Manchester City losing 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow to fall bottom of Group E and Chelsea missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Maribor.

Sporting Lisbon blew that group wide open as they came from behind to beat Schalke 4-2.

Luiz Adriano scored a hat-trick to help Shakhtar Donetsk humiliate BATE Borisov 5-0.