Messi breaks record, Suarez breaks duck

Messi breaks record, Suarez breaks duck

Sergio Aguero scores a hattrick in City’s 3-2 win over Munich.

By (AFP)

Published: Thu 27 Nov 2014, 11:15 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:44 PM

Paris — Argentina wizard Lionel Messi broke the Champions League scoring record while Luis Suarez broke his Barcelona duck in the Champions League on Tuesday. Barca romped to a 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia but that fact was overshadowed by Messi and Suarez’s personal achievements.Messi breaks record, Suarez breaks duck

Messi came into the match level with Spaniard Raul on 71 Champions League goals but he stabbed home from close range on 37 minutes to take sole possession of the record. “I am happy to have achieved such a great record in such an important competition, but the really important thing is the three points which we won,” said Messi.

He went on to notch a hat-trick on the night as Barcelona remained a point behind Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Group F after the French team beat Ajax 3-1 thanks to an Edinson Cavani brace and one from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Both sides have already qualified for the knock-out rounds and top spot will be decided in two weeks time at the Camp Nou.

Messi’s feat came just four days after the four-time World Player of the Year broke Telmo Zarra’s 59-year-old record of 251 La Liga goals with a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Sevilla to take his tally in the Spanish top flight to 253 goals in 289 appearances. Just 10 minutes before that, Suarez, who moved from Liverpool in the close season, had finally notched his first goal — a brilliant solo effort — for the Catalans in his fifth appearance since making his debut in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid on October 25.

Elsewhere, Manchester City kept their qualification hopes alive as Sergio Aguero completed a hat-trick in stoppage time to give the English champions a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich. City were five minutes from defeat against a side that had outplayed them throughout the game, whether playing with 10 or 11 players.

Aguero gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot after centre-back Mehdi Benatia had been dismissed for bringing him down in the box as the last man. But Bayern still went into the break in front with two goals in the final five minutes of the half, first through Xabi Alonso’s free-kick and then as Robert Lewandowski outjumped Vincent Kompany and Bakary Sagna to head home a deep right-wing cross.

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