UEFA Champions League: Lionel Messi hat-trick sees Barcelona sweep aside Ajax

Martino thanked the team for their support and was happier with the balance Barca showed in contrast to their nerve-wracking 3-2 win over Sevilla at the weekend.

updated: September 19, 2013 09:39 IST
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Barcelona: Lionel Messi moved into second place on the all-time list of Champions League goalscorers with his 27th career hat-trick as Barcelona beat Ajax 4-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

The four-time World Player of the Year now has 62 Champions League goals to his name as Barca cruised to victory in the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

Messi opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a sensational free-kick and made the game safe 10 minutes after half-time with a typically cool left-footed finish.

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