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Barcelona's big guns hit the target to snatch top spot

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in their battle for top spot in Champions League Group F.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead against his former club after 15 minutes with their first threat on goal but Lionel Messi equalised as he maintained his remarkable scoring form with his eighth goal in Europe this season.

The Argentinian slotted in at the far post from a Luis Suarez cross and, although Barça continued to look exposed at the back, Neymar scored with a drive from distance, which nestled in the corner of the net.

Barcelona were hanging on before Suarez knocked in a rebound from a Neymar shot that had been saved by Salvatore Sirigu.

The Spanish giants finished top of their Champions League group for the eighth season in a row.

Also in Group F, Ajax cruised to a 4-0 home win over Apoel Nicosia.

In Manchester City's group, Bayern Munich breezed to a 3-0 home win over CSKA.

Max Meyer secured Schalke's progression to the last 16 as his goal sealed a 1-0 win at Maribor in Group G.

The Bundesliga side needed a victory over Maribor and for group leaders Chelsea to beat Sporting Lisbon in the group's other game to progress.

Meyer scored the decisive goal in the 62nd minute.

The German side held on to their one goal lead to progress to the knockout stages, which they managed despite a late flurry of off-target attempts by Maribor.

In Group H Champions League qualifiers FC Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in Portugal.

Athletic Bilbao saw off BATE Borisov 2-0.

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