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Messi matches goal record as Barcelona advance

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 22.40CET
AFC Ajax 0-2 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck twice to take his tally to a record-equalling 71 UEFA Champions League goals as Barcelona booked a last-16 spot.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Match statistics

AjaxBarcelona

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)40
 
60
Total attempts7
 
14
on target1
 
7
off target3
 
4
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
13
Passes386
 
675
completed319
 
603

Standings

Group F

PPts
Paris Saint-Germain Paris410
FC Barcelona Barcelona49
AFC Ajax Ajax42
APOEL FC APOEL41

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 22.40CET

Messi matches goal record as Barcelona advance

AFC Ajax 0-2 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck twice to take his tally to a record-equalling 71 UEFA Champions League goals as Barcelona booked a last-16 spot.

Barcelona seal top-two spot in Group F along with Paris; Ajax are out
Lionel Messi equals Raúl González's record of 71 UEFA Champions League goals
Joël Veltman sent off midway through second half, just after Arkadiusz Milik hits post
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Amsterdam ArenA
Next games: Paris v Ajax, APOEL v Barcelona (25 November)

Lionel Messi scored in each half to take his tally to a record-equalling 71 UEFA Champions League goals as FC Barcelona booked a last-16 spot, knocking out AFC Ajax in the process.

Messi broke the deadlock nine minutes before the interval with only his fourth headed goal in the competition and aside from a brief rally around the hour, victory was never really in doubt. The Argentinian made sure 14 minutes from time after Joël Veltman saw red, moving him alongside Raúl González as the UEFA Champions League's all-time leading marksman.

Ajax had coped well in the first 15 minutes against an initially disjointed Barcelona and created the first real openings as Lucas Andersen and Lasse Schöne tried their luck from distance. Frank de Boer's men continued to press, only a series of last-ditch blocks preventing more danger. Davy Klaassen's low shot brought a fine save from Marc-André ter Stegen.

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Lionel Messi after scoring goal No71 in the competition

The Liga giants were finally galvanised into action, and it was that man Messi who caused the danger, sending Jordi Alba through with a delightful ball. Jasper Cillessen did well to repel with his legs. Back the visitors came, Cillessen parrying a Messi free-kick, yet he lost an ensuing aerial duel with Marc Bartra and the defender's looping cross was nodded in by Messi.

Only the width of a post denied Neymar minutes after the restart as he let fly with a powerful left-foot volley having linked up well with Luis Suárez. It was a different Blaugrana in the second half, playing on the front foot and finding each other with their famed short passing. Messi released Suárez with an ingenious reverse ball but the Ajax old boy shot too close to Cillessen.

Ajax were not done, and came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Thulani Serero curled in a cross which substitute Arkadiusz Milik headed against the outside of Ter Stegen's left post. The game was up when Veltman received a second yellow card for bringing down Messi, though, and the hosts' misery was compounded as Barça's No10 exchanged passes with Pedro Rodríguez and prodded in.

Raúl's record is now his for the taking; for Ajax there is a UEFA Europa League spot up for grabs.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.23CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014358/postmatch/report/index.html#messi+takes+barca+through

Lineups

ajax

Ajax

barcelona

Barcelona

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution80
3
VeltmanJoël Veltman
Yellow Card34
Red Card71
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
Yellow Card40
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
9
SuárezLuis Suárez
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution62
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal36
Goal76
10
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
11
NeymarNeymar
Substitution74
16
AndersenLucas Andersen
Substitution72
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card8
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
15
BartraMarc Bartra
21
El GhaziAnwar El Ghazi
Yellow Card9
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Yellow Card42
25
SereroThulani Serero
Substitution80
22
Dani AlvesDani Alves
Yellow Card45
Substitution83

Substitutes

33
BoerDiederik Boer (GK)
13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
11
KishnaRicardo Kishna
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
12
RiedewaldJairo Riedewald
Substitution72
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution74
19
MilikArkadiusz Milik
Substitution62
12
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution80
24
DenswilStefano Denswil
Substitution80
16
DouglasDouglas
26
ViergeverNick Viergever
21
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution83
32
ZimlingNiki Zimling
31
Munir El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Soares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), João Capela (POR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution