Messi equals Raul’s record, 9-man Man City lose

2014-11-05 23:49

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Lionel Messi scored twice to equal Raul’s Champions League scoring record as Barcelona secured their spot in the knockout stages by beating 10-man Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 tonight.

Argentina forward Messi struck in each half and Joel Veltman’s 71st-minute red card completed a disappointing evening for the hosts.

Messi matched Raul’s Champions League record tally of 71 goals thanks to a 36th-minute header and a 76th-minute tap-in, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to match Raul’s mark.

Barcelona will be joined by Paris St Germain in the last 16, as Edinson Cavani’s early goal helped the French side to a 1-0 home win over APOEL.

PSG lead Group F with 10 points from four games ahead of Barcelona, who trail the French champions by one point. Ajax lie third on two points and APOEL are bottom with one.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage were dealt a severe blow after Seydou Doumbia’s brace and two red cards subjected them to a humiliating 2-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium.

Doumbia twice capitalised on woeful defending to score, the first inside two minutes, either side of a sweet strike by Yaya Toure who was later sent off.

Halftime substitute Fernandinho was sent off midway through the second half before Toure followed after lashing out at a CSKA player to complete a dreadful night for City who have taken two points from four Group E games.

Russia’s CSKA, who were banned from selling tickets for the game following repeated bad behaviour from their supporters, have four points, level with AS Roma and eight behind Bayern Munich who beat the Italian side 2-0.

In other results, Chelsea stretched their unbeaten start to the season to a club record-equalling 16 games with a 1-1 draw against Maribor but the 2012 winners were given a mighty scare.

Also, a second-half Jackson Martinez strike set Porto on their way to a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to secure their place in the last 16 as well.

Porto lead Group H with 10 points from four games while Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat BATE Borisov 5-0, are two points behind.

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