Messi sets new Champions League record

Leo Messi is now the all-time top scorer in Uefa Champions League history with 74 goals.

Barca's Leo Messi in action during a Champions League game against Apoel FC. Picture: Leo Messi Facebook page.

NICOSIA/MANCHESTER/GELSENKIRCHEN - Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards comprehensively beat APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Suarez opened the scoring and his Barca account in the 27th minute, before Messi surpassed the record of 71 goals he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put Barcelona 2-0 ahead.

The Argentine doubled his account to make it 3-0 in the 58th minute and netted his 74th Champions League goal to complete the rout with three minutes left after Rafinha was sent off for Barcelona and APOEL's Joao Guilherme also saw red.

Barcelona stay second in Group F with 12 points, a point behind leaders Paris St Germain who they face in their final match.


Manchester City's Sergio Aguero struck a hat-trick, including two late goals, in a 3-2 victory against 10-man Bayern Munich to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.

Aguero raced through to slot past Manuel Neuer in the 85th and 91st minutes to snatch a stunning win, the Argentine having given City a 21st minute lead with a penalty after Bayern's Mehdi Benatia was shown a red card for bringing him down.

Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski had struck within five minutes of each other shortly before halftime to put the visitors in front at the break.

City are level on five points with CSKA Moscow and AS Roma, who earlier drew 1-1, and know if they win in Rome and the Russians fail to beat Bayern in the final round of Group E matches they will qualify for the last 16.


Chelsea produced a footballing masterclass to romp to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 on Tuesday to power into the last 16 and make it a miserable night for former coach Roberto Di Matteo.

Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Brazil midfielder Willian doubled the lead with a fierce low shot on the half hour.

A Jan Kirchhoff own goal in the 44th minute made it 3-0 and second-half goals from substitutes Didier Drogba and Ramires allowed Chelsea to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions.


Group E

CSKA Moscow 1-1 Roma

Man City 3-2 Bayern Munich

Group F

Apoel Nicosia 0-4 Barcelona

PSG 3-1 Ajax

Group G

Schalke 0-5 Chelsea

Sporting Lisbon 3-1 Maribor

Group H

BATE Borisov 0-3 FC Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Athletic Bilbao


Group A

Atletico Madrid V Olympiakos

Malmo FF V Juventus

Group B

Basel V Real Madrid

Ludogorets V Liverpool

Group C

Zenit St Peterstberg V Benfica

Bayer Leverkusen V Monaco

Group D

Arsenal V Borrusia Dortmund

Anderlecht V Galatasaray