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Barca win to top Group F

Barca win to top Group F
When Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the visitors ahead against his old club on 15 minutes, PSG appeared to be in control, but Barcelona’s all-star front line all weighed in with goals to swing the match back the home side’s way and ensure that Luis Enrique’s side go through to next Monday’s draw as group winners.

Messi equalised just four minutes after Ibrahimovic’s opener, before Neymar put the hosts ahead on 42 minutes and Suarez secured the victory 13 minutes from time, ending PSG’s record as the last club in Europe’s leading leagues still to be unbeaten in all competitions this season. Messi’s goal that brought Barcelona level saw him equal the record mark for most goals in all European competitions. The Argentine now has 76 European goals, putting him level with former Real Madrid star Raul, with Cristiano Ronaldo one behind.

Messi needed 95 European appearances to reach the landmark. All bar one of those goals have come in Champions League. He’s already the all-time leading scorer in La Liga history, the European Cup/Champions League and the Clasico, as well as being Barcelona’s all-time top marksman.

Barcelona monopolised possession right from the start, but PSG took the lead with their first shot on target, Ibrahimovic beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a first-time effort on his left-foot after Blaise Matuidi had laid off a Lucas ball in from the right. However, Barcelona were quickly back level, Messi arriving at the back post to convert after neither David Luiz nor ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu had cut out Suarez’s first-time ball across the six-yard box. Neymar then put Barcelona in front three minutes prior to the break. The Brazilian was released by Andres Iniesta before advancing and curling a superb shot beyond Sirigu into the right corner of the net for his third goal in the competition this season.

Barcelona scored again in the 77th minute with Suarez getting on the scoresheet at the Camp Nou for the first time. When Neymar’s shot was turned out by Sirigu, Suarez was on hand to convert the rebound, securing the win and sealing revenge for a 3-2 defeat in Paris at the end of September.
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