Friday 16 November 2018

Messi scores 100th European goal

Lionel Messi scores for Barcelona in their victory over Anderlecht last night. Photo: Getty Images
Lionel Messi scores for Barcelona in their victory over Anderlecht last night. Photo: Getty Images

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Lionel MessiI scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 despite playing the second half with 10 men.

Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before half-time for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent's shirt and the other for slapping the ball into the net. Barca took the lead in the 18th minute when visiting defender Dimitrios Nikolaou turned Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

Messi struck his landmark goal in Europe from a free-kick in the 61st minute to double Barca's lead before teeing up Lucas Digne moments later.

Meanwhile, Mario Mandzukic's 84th-minute header earned Juventus a much-needed home 2-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in Group D. Sporting went ahead in the 12th minute through an Alex Sandro own goal but Miralem Pjanic equalised in the first half.

In Group B, Paris Saint-Germain's feared attacking trio all got on the scoresheet as the French side completed a comfortable 4-0 away victory over Anderlecht. Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored, while Angel Di Maria added a fourth with a late strike, in a win that maintains their 100pc record in the group stage.

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