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Maestro Lionel Messi's brace for Barcelona equals legendary Raul's record

Champions League Round-up

By Staff Reporter

Lionel Messi equalled Raul's record of 71 Champions League goals with a brace to earn Barcelona a 2-0 win over Ajax in Amsterdam. Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen's howler gifted the opener to the Argentina star, who poked home his second in the 76th minute to move level with the record and one ahead of Raul's successor in the Real Madrid number seven shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The win confirmed Barca's qualification from Group F for the last 16 along with Paris St Germain, who beat APOEL 1-0 in France, with two games to spare.

The only goal in Paris came after just 58 seconds when Edinson Cavani turned in Gregory van der Wiel's cross.

Bayern Munich secured top spot in Group E with two games to spare after maintaining their 100 per cent record with a 2-0 victory over Roma.

Franck Ribery opened the scoring seven minutes before half-time while Mario Gotze's second-half strike lifted Pep Guardiola's men eight points clear and into the knockout stages.

Schalke were beaten 4-2 at Sporting Lisbon in Group G.

Islam Slimani's own goal gave the German visitors an early lead but goals from Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr, Jefferson and Nani turned the match around.

Denis Aogo got one back for Schalke but Slimani atoned for his earlier error by slotting in a late goal to complete the win.

BATE Borisov were thrashed for the second time in a fornight by Shakhtar Donetsk, who followed up their 7-0 romp in Belarus with a 5-0 victory to move to within a point of qualification.

Brazilian Luiz Adriano, who scored five goals in the first game, racked up his second hat-trick against BATE, who have conceded 19 goals in four Group H games.

Shakhtar remain two points behind Porto, who sealed their place in the next stage with a 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.

Jackson Martinez missed a penalty for the visitors before putting them in front 10 minutes into the second half and Yacine Brahimi added a second on 73 minutes.

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