Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 24th 2016 Contents ROSTOV-ON-DON---Bayern Munich had to set-
tle for second best after losing to tenacious
Russian club FC Rostov 3-2 in a Champions
League match played in minus-5 degrees
Bayern had already qualified but will now finish
second in Group D thanks to Atletico Madrid's 2-0
win over Eindhoven. Rostov was already eliminat-
ed, but can reach the Europa League.
Two months after beating Rostov 5-0, Bayern
struggled to deal with Rostov's rapid counter-
attacks as well as a never-say-die spirit which
brought it back from 1-0 down to claim arguably
the most famous win in the club's history.
Bayern's Douglas Costa scored the opening goal
in the first half, blasting the ball into the roof of
the net after Rostov defender Cesar Navas failed
to clear properly.
Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun showed the skill
which has seen him linked to top clubs around
Europe to draw level eight minutes later, just before
halftime. Azmoun charged into the Bayern box
and sent Jerome Boateng sprawling with a smart
feint before hitting the ball low past Bayern goal-
keeper Sven Ulreich, starting in place of the rested
Rostov took the lead after the break when
Boateng brought down Christian Noboa in the
box and Dmitry Poloz stepped up to hit the pen-
alty low and hard past Ulreich.
Five minutes later, Bayern pulled level again
when Juan Bernat scored with a fierce shot from
a narrow angle.
Noboa hit the winner in the 67th, curling a
20-meter free kick over the Bayern wall and into
the bottom-right corner.
Bayern laid siege to Rostov's goal late on but the
Russians clung on for the win, blocking shots and
packing the box until the final whistle.
Atletico kept its perfect record in the group to
move to 15 points, with Bayern on nine. Rostov
has four points and PSV only one.
guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 24, 2016
Messi double guides
Barcelona to 2-0
victory at Celtic
Group C match against
Celtic, at Celtic Park
stadium in Glasgow,
Rostov's Sardar Azmoun
celebrates after scoring
against Bayern Munich during
their Champions League
Group D match in
GLASGOW---Lionel Messi steered Bar-
celona to a 13th straight appearance in
the Champions League knockout stage,
scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Celtic
as the Spanish team secured top spot in
Group C yesterday.
Messi drove in a 24th-minute opener at
Parkhead before converting a penalty in the
55th, putting him on nine goals already in four
Five of those have come against Celtic, fol-
lowing his hat trick in Barcelona's 7-0 win at
Camp Nou in September.
With Manchester City drawing at Borussia
Moenchengladbach in the group's other game,
Barcelona is four points clear of City and can-
not be denied first place heading into the final
round of matches in group play.
Celtic will finish last in the group and is out
of Europe altogether.
The Scottish champion's hopes of a third
memorable win over Barca in 12 years --- after
a UEFA Cup victory in 2004 and a Champions
League triumph in 2012 --- looked thin from the
moment Messi scored his 91st goal in the com-
petition, meeting a clipped pass from Neymar
with a first-time shot inside the near post.
Back after missing Barca's last La Liga game
through illness, Messi had already squandered
two good chances by then, while Suarez was
denied a second goal from a
diving header because of an
acrobatic save by goalkeeper
Craig Gordon late in the half.
Barca started the second half
sloppily only to be gifted a pen-
alty thanks to a clumsy challenge
from Emilio Izaguirre on Suarez.
Messi drove his penalty low and
straight as Gordon dived to his left.
In search of the 38th hat trick of his
Barca career, Messi dragged a shot nar-
rowly wide in the 67th. He turned down a
shot on goal to tee up Suarez, who struck
the post with a close-range shot.
Bayern stunned by tenacious Rostov
Arsenal 2 v 2 PSG
M'gladbach 1 v 1 Man City
Celtic 0 v 2 Barcelona
Napoli 0 v 0 Dynamo Kiev
Ludogorets 0 v 0 Basel
Rostov 3 v 2 Bay Munich
Besiktas 3 v 3 Benfica
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