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Champions League: Messi overtakes Ronaldo to claim goalscoring record

Champions League: Messi overtakes Ronaldo to claim goalscoring record”

The Spanish champions did double their lead in the 70th minute, however, when Pique steered a clever Messi free kick into the bottom corner of the net.

PSV effectively countered Barcelona's threat for much of the first half by pressing hard and denying Messi and his team mates time to settle, forcing mistakes.

Marek Hamsik's early strike set Napoli on their way to a victory over Red Star Belgrade that kept the Italians top of Group C. Dries Mertens added a goal either side of half-time in a 3-1 win, Mohamed Ben Nabouhane scoring for the visitors.

The home side could not find a second though, and their European journey for the 2018-19 campaign has come to an end as they can no longer mathematically finish in third position.

The result means Spurs only need to match Inter's result in the final round of fixtures - when they travel to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

With Luis Suarez missing, Messi was joined by Dembele and Coutinho in attack and he had words for the French forward.

It's easy to look at Barca's defence - Samuel Umtiti was a late dropout as he continues to struggle with a knee problem - but the midfield was not great here.

According to ESPN, the Barcelona defender claimed the move had been "rehearsed" but Messi had a different account of events. Luuk de Jong and Hirving Lozano will play a key role for PSV over the next two games. That the Argentine's wizardry was enough to make up for a sluggish team performance serves as an ominous warning to fellow Champions League contenders.

Messi is unlikely to ever relinquish the record, with Ronaldo having to start from scratch at Juventus and the next closest active player on the list being Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema with 47 goals. Tottenham will be hoping they can capitalise on Barca's complacency.

On the hour mark Messi picked the ball up on the half way line, laid it off to Ousmane Dembele then received it back from the Frenchman inside the penalty area before beating a stunned Zoet at his front post.



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