Messi adds to scoring record in rout
LONDON - Lionel Messi’s double helped Barcelona rout BATE Borisov 5-0 and stay ahead of AC Milan in Group G of the Champions League on goal difference after the Italians beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0 on Wednesday.
Messi took his tally for the season to 14 for Barca and joined the retired Laszlo Kubala as Barcelona’s second-highest goal-scorer of all time with 194.
Marseille kept up its perfect start with a 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. The French side leads Group F ahead of Arsenal, which beat Olympiakos 2-1 to become the only one of the four English teams to win this week.
Chelsea was held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia in Group E, one day after Manchester City lost to Bayern Munich and Manchester United managed to come from 3-2 down to Basel to salvage a point.
APOEL Nicosia is the surprise early leader in Group G after drawing 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk, while Zenit St. Petersburg rose to second by beating FC Porto 3-1.
An own goal by BATE midfielder Aleksandr Volodko put Barcelona ahead before Pedro headed in the second from David Villa’s cross.
And when Pedro’s tame cross slipped through goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor’s hands, Messi tapped the ball across the goal-line to send Barcelona in at half time 3-0 up.
Messi claimed his second just after the restart with a strike from inside the area, and David Villa capped the win in the 90th minute by slotting into the net.
With 14 goals already this season, Messi will have his sights set this season on surpassing Cesar Rodriguez’s record 235 goals from 1942 to 1955 for Barcelona.
Barcelona had drawn its Group G opener with AC Milan.
Against Czech side Viktoria Plzen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted from the penalty spot at the start of the second half and provided the pass for Antonio Cassano to double the lead the San Siro.
The penalty was awarded when Plzen defender Marian Cisovsky handled the ball inside the area while attempting to mark Ibrahimovic. Cassano then scored with a delicate chip over the goalkeeper.
“It was important to win and get the three points and follow up the match in Barcelona,’’ Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
In London, new signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos provided the Arsenal goals.
The 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain netted just eight minutes into his European debut, slotting a shot between the legs of Olof Mellberg and to the right of goalkeeper Franco Costanzo.
Andre Santos made it 2-0 in the 20th minute, with Marouane Chamakh returning the ball into his path after an initial cross, by sending a low shot inside the near post.
But Arsenal’s much-maligned defense soon showed its frailties once again, letting David Fuster pull a goal back with a powerful header when left completely unmarked after a corner.
Arsenal is two points behind Marseille in Group F after Andre Ayew’s double and Loic Remy’s strike secured the French side’s win over Dortmund.
Chelsea tops Group E despite Roberto Soldado’s late penalty salvaging a draw for Valencia to cancel out Frank Lampard’s goal.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack scored in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 victory over Genk to go a point behind his old club.
In the Ukraine, Jadson equalized for Shakhtar Donetsk three minutes after Ivan Trickovski scored for Cypriot visitor APOEL, which has a one-point lead over Zenit in Group G.
Zenit went ahead of Porto on goal difference after Roman Shirokov scored two goals and also set up Danny’s tap-in.
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메시, 194골로 바르셀로나 역대 최다골 2위
`축구 천재` 리오넬 메시(24)가 FC 바르셀로나의 역사를 새로 쓰고 있다.
메시는 29일(이하 한국시간) 새벽 바테 보리소프와의 2011-2012 유럽축구연맹(UEFA) 챔피언스리그 H조 2차전 경기에서 홀로 2골을 기록하며 팀의 5-0 대승을 이끌었다.
이로써 메시는 바르셀로나 유니폼을 입고 치른 279번째 공식 경기에서 194골을 기록했다. 이는 1950년부터 1962년까지 바르셀로나서 뛰었던 헝가리 공격수 라디슬라오 쿠발라가 세운 기록과 같은 것이다.
2004-2005 시즌부터 바르셀로나 1군 무대에 나선 메시는 7시즌 만에 쿠발라의 기록에 도달했다.
이제 메시는 바르셀로나 역대 개인 통점 득점 1위 기록에 도전한다. 득점 1위는 1940년대에 활동한 세사르 로드리게스다. 세사르 로드리게스는 13년 동안 235골을 넣었다.
메시는 2011-2012 시즌에 10경기서 14골을 넣으며 무서운 골 감각을 보이고 있다. 메시가 지금 보이고 있는 득점 행진을 이어간다면 올 시즌 막판에는 세사르 로드리게스의 기록에 근접할 수 있을 것으로 전망된다.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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