UEFA Champions League 2019-20: Lionel Messi scores on 700th appearance as Barcelona defeats Borussia Dortmund 3-1
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Lionel Messi on Wednesday scored a goal in his 700th appearance for Barcelona as the hosts registered a victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League knockout stage at Camp Nou. The Argentine who now has 114 goals in the competition doubled the lead for Barcelona in the 33rd minute, registering his 613th goal for the club, with a left-foot effort from around eight yards. Earlier his pass helped Luis Suarez score the opener, with Uruguay forward finding the bottom of the left corner of the Dortmund goal, minutes after being caught offside while trying to convert another pass from Messi.
Antoine Griezmann, who changed his side earlier this year, completed the comfortable evening for Ernesto Valverde's men, with a top-quality drive into the bottom-right corner from another Messi's pass.
Dortmund's one goal was scored by England winger Jadon Sancho as they dropped to third in Group F behind Inter Milan of the Champions League knockout stage. To go through, Dortmund needs to win by more points in their final group fixture on December 10, against Slavia Prague, than Inter Milan get at home to Barcelona on the same night.
Group F:— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 27, 2019
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It was Barcelona's 149th Champions League win, they broke the record held by Real Madrid of 158 wins in the competition's history.
Borussia Dortmund have lost back-to-back matches in away games in the Champions League group stages for the first time since their game Olympiakos and Arsenal in November 2011.
Barcelona have registered wins in 27 of their 31 Champions League group-stage at home. Their last defeat came in October 2009.
Striker Luis Suarez has scored in three straight Champions League games at home for the first time since September 2016.
Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has become the fourth Englishmen to score a Champions League goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou after Frank Lampard, Steve McManaman and Andy Cole.
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