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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his record-equalling goal against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his record-equalling goal against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his record-equalling goal against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena

Lionel Messi scored twice to equal Raul's Champions League scoring record as Barcelona secured their spot in the knockout stages by beating 10-man Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday.

Argentina forward Messi struck in each half and Joel Veltman's 71st-minute red card completed a disappointing evening for the hosts.

Messi matched Raul's Champions League record tally of 71 goals thanks to a 36th-minute header and a 76th-minute tap-in, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to match Raul's mark.

Barcelona lie second in Group F on nine points, one behind Paris St Germain who beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0 in Paris on Wednesday.

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