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Record-breaking Messi sends Barca into semis

Record-breaking Messi sends Barca into semis

FOOTBALL: Lionel Messi scored two first-half penalties in a 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Nou Camp on Tuesday to propel holders Barcelona to a fifth successive Champions League semi-final.

By Agence France-Presse

Saturday 7 April 2012, 02:01PM

Messi’s brace in the quarter-final second leg took him to 51 Champions League goals – at 24 the youngest player to achieve the half century landmark – and a record total this season of 14, bettering the previous mark held by himself and Ruud van Nistelrooy of 12.

Andres Iniesta’s well-taken goal early in the second-half wrapped up the match and they will face either Chelsea or Benfica in the semi-finals as they bid to become the first team to retain the trophy since it became the Champions League in the 1992/93 season.

“We deserved to go through and I was very happy with the performance,” said manager Pep Guardiola.

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