Barcelona routed BATE Borisov 5-0 in soccer’s Champions League as AC Milan and Arsenal won at home to get their first victories in this season’s competition.
Lionel Messi scored two goals to lead defending champion Barcelona to the win last night in Belarus. Messi is now tied with Ladislao Kubala’a 194 goals for Barca. Only Cesar, with 235 goals, has scored more for the Catalan club.
“If Messi has reached the figure he has at 24, imagine what he has left to achieve?” Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola told reporters. “I hope he doesn’t consider retiring.”
Milan beat Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic 2-0, while Arsenal held on to defeat Olympiacos 2-1.
Valencia scored on a late penalty kick to tie Chelsea 1-1, Bayer Leverkusen beat Genk 2-0, Marseille was a 3-0 winner over Borussia Dortmund, Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Porto 3-1 and Shakhtar Donetsk drew 1-1 at home with APOEL Nicosia to wind up the second round of games in Europe’s elite club competition.
Barcelona took the lead in Minsk on an own goal from Aleksandr Volodko in the 19th minute. Pedro Rodriguez scored three minutes later and Messi made it 3-0 seven minutes before halftime. Messi struck again in the 56th minute and David Villa wrapped up the scoring in injury time.
“It’s never easy playing an attacking game against a side that is so closed; they’re waiting for you at the back,” Guardiola said. “They can make you lose your patience. Our two first goals changed everything.”
The victory keeps Barcelona even with Milan at the top of Group H with four points from two games. BATE and Plzen each have one point.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a penalty kick in the 53rd minute and Antonio Cassano added a second goal in the 66th minute to give Milan the victory in Italy.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos scored in the opening 20 minutes of Arsenal’s win in London. David Fuster scored for Olympiacos, while captain Vassilis Torossidis hit the crossbar in the second half.
“It was a very tough game,” Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny told Sky Sports. “You have to give credit to our defense for keeping the score at 2-1. They put a lot of pressure on us and we produced a great defensive performance in the second half.”
Marseille leads Group F after its win over Dortmund. Andre Ayew scored twice and Loic Remy got the other goal. Marseille has six points, Arsenal has four, Dortmund one and Olympiacos none.
Roberto Soldado scored with a penalty kick in the 87th minute to give Valencia the home draw with Chelsea. Frank Lampard scored on his return to the Chelsea lineup after starting three of the previous four games on the bench.
“It was a pity because I think we looked good to get three points,” Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. “Before the game if we were offered a 1-1 draw with Valencia maybe we would have been happy. But it leaves us with a feeling we don’t like.”
Chelsea leads Group E with four points, one more than Leverkusen, which beat Genk on goals from Lars Bender and Michael Ballack. Valencia has two points and Genk has one.
APOEL Nicosia leads Group G after its 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk. Ivan Trickovski scored for APOEL and Jadson answered for Shakhtar three minutes later.
Roman Shirokov scored two goals to lead Zenit past 10-man Porto, which had Jorge Fucile sent off for a second yellow card just before halftime.
APOEL has four points, Zenit and Porto have three and Shakhtar has one.
The third round of matches is scheduled for Oct. 18-19.