Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores from a penalty during the Champions League Group C soccer match against Celtic.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores from a penalty during the Champions League Group C soccer match against Celtic. Scott Heppell

Messi double puts Barca into last 16

FOOTBALL: Lionel Messi made light of his illness by scoring a double to help Barcelona ease into the knockout stage of the Champions League for a 13th successive year with a 2-0 win at Celtic.

Messi missed the goalless draw with Malaga on Saturday with a bug, but was back to his best at Celtic Park.

A constant threat throughout the match alongside Brazilian teammate Neymar, the Argentinian backed up a first-half strike from close range with a penalty after the break.

The brace took Messi's Champions League total to 92 goals - including nine in this season's group stages alone.

"In one of the toughest groups, we have come top. I have to congratulate the team,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.


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