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Lionel Messi fires Barcelona into last sixteen: Champions League

Arsenal-PSG played out 2-2 draw whereas Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-3 defeat in Russia.


Paris: Lionel Messi dismissed Barcelona into the last sixteen of the Champions League on Wednesday once a 2-0 win at Celtic as they were joined within the knockout rounds by pep Guardiola’s Manchester town.

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The Argentine star came from unhealthiness to get each goal at Celtic Park — the second from the penalty spot — to send the five-time European champions through as winners of group C.

City recovered from a goal down in Germany to earn a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach as either side finished with ten men.

Raffael grabbed the opening goal for Gladbach on twenty three minutes, however David silva poked in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross simply before the break before Lars Stindl and Fernandinho saw red within the last half.

“We controlled the sport however it wasn’t enough to win. We’re simply happy that we’re through to the last sixteen,” same Belgian international de Bruyne.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain seized control of their own destiny in group a with a 2-2 draw away to Arsenal.

Edinson Cavani turned in Blaise Matuidi’s cross at the so much post handy PSG an 18th-minute lead at the Emirates structure.

But the Gunners hit back on the stroke of half-time as Alexis Sanchez was brought down by Grzegorz Krychowiak and Olivier Giroud rolled home the ensuing spot-kick.

Both PSG and Arsenal have eleven points with one match to play, however the French outfit own the head-to-head edge on away goals once the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes in September finished 1-1.

Bayern surprised in Russia:

Bayern Munich crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat in Rostov and will face a frightening draw in successive round once Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 triumph over PSV Eindhoven guaranteed Diego Simeone’s men initial place in cluster D.

Douglas Costa rifled Bayern ahead on thirty five minutes in Russia, however Rostov equalized through Sardar Azmoun on the stroke of half-time before going ahead courtesy of a Dmitri Poloz penalty.

Juan Bernat fleetly levelled for the Germans, however Ecuador international Christian Noboa dismissed competition debutants Rostov to a primary group stage triumph with the winner on sixty seven minutes.

Besiktas launched a stimulating second-half recovery as they fought back from 3 goals down against Benfica to draw 3-3 in city.

Benfica, champions of Europe in 1961 and 1962, seemed to be sailing through to the last sixteen once cruising 3-0 ahead within barely half an hour through goals from Goncalo Guedes, Nelson Semedo and Ljubomir Fejsa.

Napoli was control 0-0 at home by dynamo kiev and should take a minimum of some extent from their trip to Benfica in a very period of time, whereas Besiktas can punch their ticket to the knockout stages if they win in Ukraine.


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