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MILAN --- Lionel Messi scored twice
to draw level with Raul Gonzalez as
the Champions League s all-time lead-
ing scorer on Wednesday, as Barcelona
won 2-0 at Ajax to reach the knockout
stage along with Group F leader Paris
Bayern Munich also progressed, beat-
ing Roma 2-0 to maintain its perfect
record, while Porto won by the same
scoreline at Athletic Bilbao to join the
Bundesliga club in the last 16.
"Messi is absolutely the best player
I have ever seen as player or coach,"
said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
It was a miserable night for English
sides with nine-man Manchester City
losing 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow
to slip to the bottom of Group E and
Chelsea missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw
at Maribor in Group G.
Sporting Lisbon blew that group
wide open as it came from behind to
beat Schalke 4-2, while Luiz Adriano
scored a second-half hat trick to help
Shakhtar Donetsk humiliate BATE
Borisov 5-0 and stay second behind
Porto in Group H.
Messi scored his 70th Champions
League goal in the 36th minute with
a soft header after Ajax failed to clear
a free kick and then linked up with
substitute Pedro Rodriguez for his sec-
ond of the night in the 76th.
Ajax played the last 20 minutes with
10 men after defender Joel Veltman
was sent off for his second yellow card.
PSG beat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 to
remain a point ahead of Barcelona,
with Edinson Cavani scoring the only
goal of a scrappy game after just 57
Manchester City is on the verge of
tumbling out of the group stage fol-
lowing two goals from Seydou Doumbia
either side of a Yaya Toure free kick.
City s halftime substitute Fernand-
inho was sent off in the 70th for two
bookable offences, and Toure followed
for pushing Roman Eremenko.
"It s very difficult to understand why
we played so badly," City coach Manuel
Pellegrini said. "Really, we didn t play.
The first half especially, we didn t see
the team we normally see."
City is two points behind CSKA and
The Italian team was keen to avoid
a repetition of its 7-1 mauling at the
hands of Bayern last time out and man-
aged to restrict the five-time champion
to two goals, by Franck Ribery and
Mario Goetze, either side of halftime.
Maribor was unrecognizable from
the side crushed 6-0 by Chelsea two
weeks ago and claimed a deserved lead
when Agim Ibraimi curled a beautiful
shot into the top corner five minutes
into the second half.
Nemanja Matic leveled from close
range 17 minutes from time and Chelsea
had the chance to take all three points
when Eden Hazard was fouled for an
85th minute spot-kick, but the Belgian s
effort was too central and Jasmin Han-
Chelsea still leads Group G with eight
points, three ahead of Schalke, with
Sporting a point further back following
its first win of the tournament this
season. Maribor has three points.
Islam Slimani s 17th-minute own
goal from a deflection handed Schalke
the lead, but Sporting equalized just
under 10 minutes later through Naby
Sarr s glancing header.
Goals from Jefferson and Nani put
Sporting in front and, although Dennis
Aogo pulled one back two minutes from
time, Slimani sealed it in stoppage time.
In Bilbao, Porto forward Yacine
Brahimi atoned for his first-half penalty
miss with an exquisite solo effort to
set up Jackson Martinez for the 56th
minute opener. Brahimi then sealed the
win with the easiest of goals after a
gaffe by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.
As well as taking his tally to nine
Champions League goals this season,
Luiz Adriano also set up both of
Shakhtar s other goals for captain Darijo
Srna and Alex Teixeira.
BATE right-back Anri Khagush was
sent off after the halftime whistle had
gone, earning a second yellow card in
less than a minute for arguing with the
MADRID --- Cristiano Ronaldo
said he still has many years of foot-
ball to come as he picked up his
third Golden Boot award yesterday
for scoring the most goals in
Europe s domestic leagues last sea-
Ronaldo shared the award with
Luis Suarez, who also scored 31 goals.
At a lavish ceremony in Madrid,
Ronaldo said he was surprised so
many people got up early for the
event after Real Madrid s 1-0 win
over Liverpool in the Champions
League the previous night.
Madrid president Florentino Perez
highlighted the Portugal forward s
energy and ambition to win as he
presented the award.
"I promise to always give the fans
the best on the field," Ronaldo said.
"My passion, my goals, my assists,
my matches. I still have many years
left in Madrid."
Ronaldo said although his main aim
was to be a good team player, he also
acknowledged a liking for individual
"A collective effort is important,
but so is individual talent, and I work
hard to achieve that," he said.
Suarez picked up his award at a
ceremony in Barcelona on October 15.
Ronaldo receives Golden Boot
equals record as
Barcelona's Lionel Messi vies for the ball with Ajax's Nicolai Boilesen, left, during the Group F Champions
League football match between AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands,
yesterday. Barcelona won 2-0. AP PHOTO
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