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Messi slays Leverkusen

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Messi slays Leverkusen (©GettyImages)
Messi slays Leverkusen (©GettyImages).

Lionel Messi scored five goals as Champions League holders Barcelona destroyed unfortunate Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to confirm their place in the Champions League quarter-finals 10-2 on aggregate.

Barca had been understated but superior in the first leg in Germany, winning 3-1, and were expected to ease through in the return match.

However, they played with trademark hunger under Pep Guardiola as Messi became the first player to score five in a single Champions League game while substitute Cristian Tello added two in a performance of startling brilliance. Karim Bellarabi managed a consolation in added time.

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