Barcelona wins, but Messi falls short of Ronaldo’s goal record

It conceded a 90th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 home draw against Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Saturday.Barcelona was without forward Neymar and midfielder Ivan Rakitic because of suspensions.Coach Luis Enrique also rested striker Luis Suarez, giving a chance to recently signed forward Paco Alcacer, who has been criticized by Barcelona fans for his lacklustre performances.Ronaldo last year became the first player to reach double figures in the six games of the group stage. The Argentine slid behind the defenders and fired home a low left-foot shot after receiving Turan’s return pass.Messi had a great chance to match Ronaldo’s record in the 73rd, but his close-range header was brilliantly saved on the goal line by goal keeper Yann Sommer.Turan scored in the 50th, 53rd and 67th minutes to help the Catalan club end a three-game winless streak. Arda Turan scored a hat trick for Barcelona, which had already secured first place in Group C. He is two short of the milestone heading into the game against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Messi now has 93 goals over all in the Champions League, two less than Ronaldo.Group ALittle-used forward Lucas Perez scored a hat trick as Arsenal easily beat Basel 4-1 to finish top of its group.Getting a rare start, the Spanish forward gave Arsenal a three-goal lead by the 47th minute as the visitors coasted to victory.Mesut Ozil’s delightful assist let Alex Iwobi score in the 53rd before Basel substitute Seydou Doumbia struck a consolation goal in the 78th.Mistakes cost Paris Saint-Germain dearly as it missed out on top spot in Group A following a late 2-2 home draw with Ludogorets – an unheralded Bulgarian side that had not won any of the previous five group games.Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan scored in the 15th minute and Brazilian forward Wanderson made it 2-1 in the 68th, shortly after Edinson Cavani had levelled for PSG.Winger Angel Di Maria saved face for PSG in the second minute of injury time with a scuffed shot, and Cavani was desperately close to grabbing the winner in the final seconds.Group BIt was meant to be a battle to advance in Lisbon, but it turned out to be a shootout for top spot as Besiktas collapsed in Ukraine.Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica but both teams qualified for the knockout stage after Besiktas fell to a surprise 6-0 thrashing at Dynamo Kyiv.Substitute Dries Mertens changed the match after coming on in the 57th. Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes added to the scoreline after Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar was red-carded for a second offence.Group DRobert Lewandowski curled in a spectacular free kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish side still won the group, finishing with 15 points to Bayern’s 12.Bayern’s win stretched its record to 15 straight Champions League home victories and ended Atletico’s hopes of winning all six group matches.By holding PSV Eindhoven to a 0-0 draw, newcomer Rostov clinched third spot and a place in the Europa League. He also netted once against City in Manchester and twice against Celtic in Glasgow.Ronaldo on Wednesday will try to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. Messi played in only five matches for Barcelona this season, but he twice scored hat tricks – in the home games against Celtic and Manchester City. The Belgium international set up the opener for Jose Callejon on the hour mark before securing the win in the 79th.Napoli gifted Benfica a consolation goal three minutes from time when Raul Albiol was caught napping, allowing Raul Jimenez to seize the moment and fire past Reina.In Ukraine, Dynamo’s star winger Andriy Yarmolenko started the night’s torment for Besiktas with smart footwork on the byline and a cross to the far post for Artyom Besedin to score the ninth-minute opener.Besiktas looked lively for the next 20 minutes until defender Andreas Beck was dismissed for a collision with Derlis Gonzalez, who was through on goal for Dynamo. Lionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday, but fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal record in the group stage of the Champions League.Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with Real Madrid last season to set the record. All positions had already been decided ahead of Tuesday’s final round.Manchester City drew 1-1 with Celtic in England in the other match of the group. Moenchengladbach ended with five points and winless Celtic with three.Messi scored in the 16th minute at Camp Nou after a one-two with Turan inside the Moenchengladbach area. Moenchengladbach finished third and will play in the Europa League next season. Yarmolenko scored the resulting penalty and Vitaliy Buyalskiy soon made it 3-0 with a lobbed effort after a Besiktas defensive mix-up.A deflected shot from Gonzalez provided Dynamo’s fourth in first-half stoppage time. Barcelona finished with 15 points, six more than Man City.