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Lionel shatters goalscoring record

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates scoring his side's 4th goal during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP):

Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record as Barcelona won 4-0 at APOEL yesterday, while Sergio Aguero also bagged three goals as Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich, which ended with 10 men.

Messi took his tally to 74 with his fifth Champions League hat-trick in 91 matches. The previous record of 71 goals had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.

"I am happy for having achieved such a nice record in a competition of this importance, but the really relevant thing is that we took the three points," Messi said.

"Barca played a great match."

Luis Suarez had opened the scoring with his first competitive goal since moving from Liverpool in the summer.

Also in Group F, Paris Saint-Germain beat Ajax 3-1. Barcelona and PSG had already qualified for the knockout stages and play each other next to decide the group winner.

In City's Group E, a last-gasp goal saw CSKA Moscow snatch a 1-1 draw against Roma, which leaves all three teams level in the battle for second spot.

Chelsea cruised past Schalke 5-0 to seal their spot in the knockout stages, with the German side now needing to win in Maribor in the final match to leapfrog Sporting Lisbon, which beat the Slovenian club 3-1.

Shakhtar Donetsk had already secured progression before their 1-0 defeat at home to Athletic Bilbao, thanks to already-qualified Porto's 3-0 win over BATE Borisov earlier.

The 27-year-old Messi had broken the Spanish league's goalscoring record on the weekend with a hat-trick, and he did the same in Europe's elite club competition.

redirected effort

Messi broke the record in the 38th minute, when he redirected Rafinha's effort from 20 yards out. He doubled his tally in the 58th, chipping Daniel Alves' through-ball past APOEL goalkeeper Urko Pardo. The Argentina forward completed his hat-trick with a tap in three minutes from time.

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched his first club goal for nearly three months after Davy Klaassen had headed Ajax level.

Bayern Munich were forced to play the majority of their match with 10 men after Mehdi Benatia was sent off in the 21st-minute for bringing down Aguero, who scored the resulting penalty.

The German side rallied to take the lead with goals in the final five minutes of the first half through Xabi Alonso's free-kick and Robert Lewandowski's header. But Aguero scored again in the 85th and then in the first minute of stoppage time to consign Bayern to a first competitive loss this season.