Lionel Messi off as Benfica hold Barcelona but bow out

Fans turned up hoping to see Messi match or better Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year but in the end the night finished on a sour note with the Argentine still a goal behind.

updated: December 06, 2012 10:46 IST
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Barcelona: Lionel Messi was stretchered off with a knee injury as Barcelona drew 0-0 with Benfica at the Nou Camp, a result which sees Celtic go through at the expense of the Portuguese from Champions League Group G.

The club later confirmed on its Twitter site that the injury was only bruising to the left knee, but added that the Argentine "is still awaiting more tests to determine the extent of the injury".

Benfica needed only to match Celtic's result against Spartak Moscow and they wasted a number of excellent chances against a weakened Barca, especially in the first half and were to rue them as Celtic snatched a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow.

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