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Messi leads Barca past Slavia Prague 2-1 in Champions League

Thursday, 2019-10-24 09:48:22
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - SK Slavia Prague v FC Barcelona - Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - October 23, 2019 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with SK Slavia Prague's Tomas Soucek. (Reuters)
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A quick-fire strike from Lionel Messi and a second half own goal gave Barcelona a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague in a thrilling Champions League Group F encounter on Wednesday where both sides spurned multiple chances.

* Belgium attacker Dries Mertens beat Diego Maradona's tally of 115 goals for Napoli to help his side beat Salzburg 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday (Oct 23).

* Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva scored in either half to boost Inter Milan's Champions League last 16 hopes on Wednesday (Oct 23) with a 2-0 win over Group F rivals Borussia Dortmund.

* Substitute Jonathan Ikone blasted home an equaliser deep into stoppage time to give Lille a 1-1 draw against 10-man Valencia to secure the French side's first point in their Champions League Group H campaign on Wednesday (Oct 23).

* An 86th minute blunder by Olympique Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes handed Benfica Lisbon a late goal for a 2-1 victory on Wednesday (Oct 23) that threw the Champions League Group G wide open.

* Jurgen Klopp admitted his delight for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the midfielder made the most of a rare start by scoring twice in Liverpool's 4-1 Champions League win over Genk in Belgium on Wednesday (Oct 23).

* A late goal by substitute Michy Batshuayi propelled Chelsea to a 1-0 win at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday (Oct 23) for a second Champions League victory in Group H after a fast and furious tussle at the Johan Cruijff Arena.

* RB Leipzig came from a goal down to beat visitors Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 on Wednesday (Oct 23) and take back control of Champions League Group G.

* The original 1892 manuscript laying out the premise of the modern Olympic Games will be auctioned in December in New York, Sotheby's announced Wednesday (Oct 23).

* Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix on Wednesday (Oct 23) after their team was punished for breaching regulations over brakes, the governing body FIA announced.

* Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley was named Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year for the third time on Wednesday (Oct 23) as his team prepares to face Los Angeles Galaxy in a crunch play-off clash.

* Gael Monfils came back from a perilous position to beat Dennis Novak 2-6 7-5 6-3 at the Vienna Open on Wednesday and progress to the second round.

* Belgian sixth seed Elise Mertens beat Maria Sakkari 6-2 3-6 6-1 in their round-robin match on Wednesday to end the Greek's hopes of making the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals in Zhuhai, China.

Reuters, CNA