ROME—Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday.
- Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage’s midpoint.
Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund trail Barcelona by three points in a group where three heavyweights are vying for two spots in the knockout stage.
Inter beat Dortmund 2-0 in the other Group F game with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva.
Messi floated a free kick to Luis Suarez at the far post and the Uruguayan’s shot was deflected in by Slavia forward Peter Olayinka for Barcelona’s winner.
- Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak away from home in the group phase.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start to score twice and Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet for last season’s champion.
Still, Liverpool remained one point behind Napoli in Group E after the Italian club won 3-2 at Salzburg with a brace from Dries Mertens, who surpassed Diego Maradona for second spot on the team’s all-time scoring list.
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Salzburg’s 19-year-old forward Erling Haaland scored twice in the loss to Napoli, giving him six goals in three matches.
That makes him only the second teenager in Champions League history to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema achieved the feat with Lyon. And he’s the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.
- Michy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored a late winner as Chelsea rode its luck to beat Ajax 1-0 and throw Group H wide open.
The result left both teams on six points after three matches. Valencia, which drew 1-1 with Lille, is next with four points.
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- Leipzig leads Group G following a 2-1 comeback win over Zenit St. Petersburg and is in position to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time.
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Leipzig has six points, two more than Zenit and Lyon, which lost 2-1 at last-place Benfica.
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