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Lionel Messi scored twice to move up the record books as Barcelona beat Bate Borisov at the Dynamo Stadium in Minsk for their first win in Champions League Group H.

Messi, the world player of the year, headed the third just before the break and smashed the fourth high into the net to go on to 194 club goals, equalling the Czechoslovakian Ladislau Kubala as Barça’s second-highest scorer of all time.

An own goal from Bate’s Aleksandr Volodko in the 19th minute and a header from Pedro three minutes later had set Barca on course for a victory in which they barely broke sweat. David Villa wrapped up the scoring at the end.

Barça had started their title defence with a 2-2 draw at home to Milan two weeks ago and went level on four points with the Italians at the top of the group after Milan won 2-0 at home to Viktoria Plzen.

Bate lined up with 10 men staying back and the former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman a lone figure up front as Barça dominated.

The visitors did not get a clear sight of goal until Daniel Alves floated a cross in towards the back post and Volodko turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Messi.

Bate were quickly two behind when an similar move, this time from left to right, saw Villa dink a ball over the defence and Pedro arrived before the hesitant home goalkeeper, Aleksandr Gutor, to head into the net.

The visitors were almost playing at walking pace when Gutor gifted them a third, fumbling a cross under his bar and Messi nodded into the open net in the 38th minute.

It was only Messi’s second headed goal in the Champions League, the first came in the final win over Manchester United two years ago.

After a lengthy period of possession in the 56th minute, Alves pulled the ball back for Messi, who despite being surrounded by five defenders shot into the top corner.

Villa rounded off the scoring, breaching the offside trap to slide home the fifth in the 90th minute.

Source: Guardian

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