Champions League Review : Messi equals Raul’s record, Bayern and PSG join Barca in the last 16
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat ten-men Ajax 2-0 at the Amsterdam Arena to progress to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
The Argentine is now level with Raul for the most goals scored in the Champions League with 71, though Cristiano Ronaldo is just one behind on 70.
Messi has played just 90 matches while Raul took 142 games to reach that mark. Ronaldo meanwhile has his tally in 109 games, though he did not score in his first 26 games in the competition.
In the other match of Group F, Paris Saint-Germain beat Apoel FC 1-0 with Edinson Cavani’s first minute winner and they are also through to the next stage.
Manchester City‘s hopes of progressing though received a major blow as they had two players sent off in a 2-1 defeat to CSKA Moscow at the Etihad. A Seydou Doumbia brace was enough for the Russian side to secure a shock result at the home of the English champions who saw Fernandinho and goal scorer Yaya Toure receive red cards in the second half.
Sporting Lisbon came from behind to beat Schalke 4-2 in the other match of the group with Islam Slimani scoring at both ends and Manchester United loanee Nani also getting on the score sheet.
FC Porto also advanced to the last 16 with a 2-0 away win against Athletic Bilbao with goals from Jackson Martinez and Yacine Brahimi.
Shakhtar Donetsk who beat BATE Borisov 7-0 last time around won 5-0 with Luiz Adriano bagging his second consecutive hat-trick against the Belarusian side.
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