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Sport Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona: Messi sets Champions League record in fortuitous Blaugrana win

03:00  24 october  2019
03:00  24 october  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Lionel Messi becomes the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons as Barcelona claim a narrow win at Slavia Prague . Those two sides met at the San Siro in the group's other game, with Inter winning 2 -0. Lautaro Martinez scored and had a penalty saved before Antonio

Lionel Messi scored his 113th Champions League goal as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2 - 1 to tighten their grip on Group F as they moved three Slavia Prague responded well and levelled on 50 minutes when Jan Boril fired home from close range. Barca remained took the lead for a second time

a group of football players on a field: Lionel Messi celebrates his opener against Slavia Prague © Getty Images Lionel Messi celebrates his opener against Slavia Prague

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League record as Barcelona laboured to a fortunate 2-1 victory over Slavia Prague in Group F.

Messi's third-minute goal saw him become the first player to score in the Champions League in 15 consecutive seasons, but it did not pave the way for a convincing performance from Ernesto Valverde's side.

Indeed, Barca relied on a huge slice of luck to retake the lead following Jan Boril's equaliser, with Peter Olayinka deflecting in Luis Suarez's effort from a Messi free-kick.

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Lionel Messi set a new Champions League record as Barcelona laboured to a fortunate 2 - 1 victory over Slavia Prague in Group F. Messi 's third-minute goal saw him become the first player to score in the Champions League in 15 consecutive seasons, but it did not pave the way for a convincing

Slavia Prague have a clean bill of health ahead of Wednesday's home match against Barcelona . Lionel Messi , Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were all on the scoresheet at the weekend for the Slavia Prague have one point from two matches. Barcelona are level on points at the top of Group F

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - SK Slavia Prague v FC Barcelona - Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - October 23, 2019  Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal with Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba   REUTERS/David W Cerny © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - SK Slavia Prague v FC Barcelona - Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - October 23, 2019 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal with Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba REUTERS/David W Cerny

Though Suarez and Messi subsequently squandered gilt-edged chances to wrap up the points, Olayinka's own goal proved enough to take the wind out of Slavia's sails as Barca moved three points clear at the top of the group.

With the help of some dismal Slavia defending, Barca wasted little time in hitting their stride – Messi tucking home after exchanging passes with Arthur.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Barcelona's Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacted brilliantly to keep out Jaroslav Zeleny's close-range effort as the hosts responded well, yet Suarez should have extended Barca's lead before the half-hour mark.

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An early Lionel Messi strike and a second -half own goal saw Barcelona seal a nervy 2 - 1 win away to Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Messi gave the Catalans the lead after just three minutes when he played a one- two with Arthur and side-footed past Ondrej Kolar with

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. Messi .

With Ter Stegen having pulled off two fine saves prior to half-time, Slavia got the equaliser their display merited after the break as left-back Boril charged into the area and prodded in.

But Slavia's hard work was undone seven minutes later – Suarez bundling home from an improbable angle via Olayinka's deflection.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball with Slavia's Peter Olayinka during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball with Slavia's Peter Olayinka during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Messi would have doubled his tally soon after if not for Ondrej Kolar, before Suarez fired wide when one-on-one with Slavia's goalkeeper.

Suarez's blushes looked set to be spared when Messi met Jordi Alba's cross, only for the captain to inexplicably slice over from point-blank range, though Barca were ultimately not made to pay for their deficiencies in front of goal despite a late Slavia onslaught.

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Barcelona 's winning goal in the 2 - 1 win over Slavia Prague on Wednesday Own Goal: Barcelona 's second highest scorer in the Champions League under Valverde. Sporting CP's central defenders Sebastian Coates and former Blaugrana Jeremy Mathieu scored in the away and home group stage

A second half own goal gave Barcelona the win after Jan Boril cancelled out Messi 's opener. 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

What does it mean? Barca have breathing room

With Inter overcoming Borussia Dortmund in Group F's other fixture, Barca sit on top with seven points from their opening three matches and now have some breathing space heading into the return leg against Slavia.

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/David W Cerny © Thomson Reuters 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/David W Cerny

It was a resilient display from Jindrich Trpisovsky's side, though, and Barca must be far better at Camp Nou as they look to keep themselves clear of the group's other big hitters.

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Not only did Messi become the first player to score in 15 successive Champions League campaigns, but the 32-year-old – who has three goals from seven appearances in all competitions this season – also matched Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid great Raul in having netted against 33 different opponents in Europe's premier club tournament.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball with Slavia's Ondrej Kudela during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball with Slavia's Ondrej Kudela during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Barca's defence fail to impress

For all the attacking talent Barca possess, their defence still looks far from convincing at times. Wednesday's fixture was one of those occasions, with Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and – in front of them – Sergio Busquets particularly lacklustre up against some brave Slavia attacks.

What's next? 

With the Camp Nou Clasico postponed until December due to political tensions in Catalonia, Barca have six days off until their next LaLiga outing, which comes in the form of a home meeting with Real Vallodolid. Slavia, meanwhile, face Viktoria Plzen on Sunday.

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