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Messi equals Champions League scoring record as City and Chelsea struggle

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Messi equals Champions League scoring record as City and Chelsea struggle

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi joined former Real Madrid striker Raul in the Champions League record books when he equaled the Spaniard’s scoring record of 71 goals in the European Cup during his side’s 2-0 win away to Ajax. PSG, who also won, lead Barca by one point, but both are now qualified for the last 16.

Manchester City ended with nine men after another European night the English champions would like to forget, being soundly beaten by CSKA Moscow in front of some very sedate home fans who groaned at every misplaced pass or clumsy tackle. City must beat Bayern in their next match to stand any chance of survival, but their early exit again looks likely.

Chelsea had to come from behind to draw level with a spirited Maribor boosted by their raucous home support and salvage a point for the one-all draw. The Londoners still top their group and look strong ahead of the knockout phase.

Finally the Basques of Athletico Bilbao could not turn their home advantage into goals, losing to Porto who top the group ahead of Shaktar Donetsk, who also won to cement second place.