Champions League - Group F
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Messi breaks Champions League record

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Apoel Nicosia
Lionel Messi has scored 17 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season

Barcelona's Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time top scorer with a hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia.

Messi went into the Group F game in Cyprus level on 71 goals with former Real Madrid forward Raul.

Luis Suarez had already opened the scoring with his first goal for the club when Messi diverted Rafinha's 38th-minute shot past the keeper.

Messi netted his second in the 58th-minute with a low right-foot finish before tapping home from close range.

Messi's records
Champions League top scorer: 74La Liga top scorer: 253
Barcelona's top goalscorer: 368Most goals in a La Liga season: 50
Most goals in a season: 73Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in: 21
Most Ballon d'Or titles: 4Most goals in a single European Cup game: 5 (joint with Luiz Adriano)
Most European Cup top scorer awards: 4 (with Gerd Muller)Most goals in Clasicos: 21
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8Most goals in Club World Cup: 4 (held jointly with Denilson)
Most goals in a calendar year: 91

"I am happy for having achieved such a nice record in a competition of this importance," said the 27-year-old.

"But the really relevant thing is that we took the three points.

"Barcelona played a great match."

It is Messi's second major record in four days, having scored a landmark 253rd Spanish top-flight goal with a hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi's latest achievement earned him glowing praise from his manager Luis Enrique.

"I'll say it again, he's the best ever in this game," said the former Spain midfielder.

Both teams finished with 10 men on Tuesday, Rafinha sent off for two bookable offences 20 minutes from time before Apoel Nicosia's Joao Guilherme followed him 14 minutes later, also for a second booking.

It was Messi's 28th Barcelona hat-trick, and his fifth in the Champions League.

The Argentina international now has 74 Champions League goals in 91 appearances in the competition.

Raul's 71 goals came in 142 games.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who is expected to line up at Basel on Wednesday in the competition, has 70 goals.

Barcelona had already qualified for the knockout stages before their visit to Cyprus.

Enrique's side are second in Group F with one game to go.

But they will advance to the last 16 as group winners if they beat current group leaders Paris St-Germain at the Nou Camp on 10 December.

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez scored his first Champions League goal for four years
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's previous hat-trick for Barcelona was against Sevilla on Saturday
Apoel Nicosia v Barcelona
Kick-off between Apoel Nicosia and Barcelona was delayed slightly because of the smoke of a flare

Line-ups

Apoel Nic

  • 78Pardo
  • 28Sérgio
  • 3Leme AmorimBooked at 84mins
  • 5da Cruz JúniorBooked at 31mins
  • 15Antoniades
  • 8Figueiras Gomes
  • 16Oliveira FrancoSubstituted forDjebbourat 74'minutes
  • 26Morais
  • 46AloneftisSubstituted forEfremat 45'minutes
  • 21ManducaSubstituted forDe Vincentiat 63'minutes
  • 9Sheridan

Substitutes

  • 6Riise
  • 7Efrem
  • 11Alexandrou
  • 22Chiotis
  • 23Papazoglou
  • 30De Vincenti
  • 79Djebbour

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Dani AlvesBooked at 33mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Bartra
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forAdrianoat 62'minutes
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forXaviat 62'minutes
  • 14Mascherano
  • 12RafinhaBooked at 70mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forBusquetsat 77'minutes
  • 7Pedro

Substitutes

  • 5Busquets
  • 6Xavi
  • 11Neymar
  • 13Bravo
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 31El Haddadi
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
20,626

Match Stats

Home TeamApoel NicAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home3
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, APOEL Nicosia 0, Barcelona 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, APOEL Nicosia 0, Barcelona 4.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Marios Antoniades.

Xavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (APOEL Nicosia).

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (APOEL Nicosia).

Attempt missed. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xavi.

Goal!

Goal! APOEL Nicosia 0, Barcelona 4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cillian Sheridan (APOEL Nicosia).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to João Guilherme (APOEL Nicosia) for a bad foul.

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Guilherme (APOEL Nicosia).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlao (APOEL Nicosia).

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (APOEL Nicosia).

Marc Bartra (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomás De Vincenti (APOEL Nicosia).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (APOEL Nicosia).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Luis Suárez.

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marios Antoniades (APOEL Nicosia).

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Rafik Djebbour replaces Vinicius.

Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Rafinha (Barcelona) for a bad foul.

Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).

Tomás De Vincenti (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by João Guilherme.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt saved. Tomás De Vincenti (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cillian Sheridan.

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tomás De Vincenti (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tiago Gomes.

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Tomás De Vincenti replaces Gustavo Manduca.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Adriano replaces Jordi Alba.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid430110379
2Olympiakos420267-16
3Juventus42025416
4Malmö FF410329-73

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid4400112912
2Basel42026606
3Liverpool410326-43
4Ludo Razgd410338-53

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayer Levkn43017349
2Monaco41211105
3Zenit St P411234-14
4Benfica411225-34

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bor Dortmd44001311212
2Arsenal42119727
3Anderlecht402259-42
4Galatasaray4013313-101

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Mun5401134912
2Roma5122812-45
3CSKA5122610-45
4Man City512278-15

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Paris St G541094513
2Barcelona5401124812
3Ajax5023410-62
4Apoel Nic501418-71

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea53201421211
2Sporting521211927
3Schalke5122814-65
4NK Maribor5032412-83

H

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1FC Porto54101531213
2Shakt Donsk5221143118
3Ath Bilbao511336-34
4BATE Bor5104222-203
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