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Watch: Lionel Messi scores twice in UCL clash vs. Arsenal

Lionel Messi scored in the 71st minute to give Barcelona a 1–0 lead over Arsenal.

Lionel Messi scored in the 71st minute to give Barcelona a 1–0 lead over Arsenal in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie, and moments later he struck again.

With the game scoreless, a counter-attacking move from Barcelona saw Luis Suarez free up a streaking Neymar, who found Messi on a diagonal back for an easy score.

The goal was Messi’s first against Petr Cech in seven meetings between the two players.

Just a few minutes later, Messi was fouled by Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini in the box to set up a Barcelona penalty kick, which Messi converted to give his team a 2–0 lead. 

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Messi now has 82 career Champions League goals, second-most all-time behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona will play host to Arsenal in the second leg of their round of 16 matchup on March 16.

Jeremy Woo