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Messi 1st player with 5 goals in Champion League
Messi 1st player with 5 goals in Champions League game, increases season total to 48
By The Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) ' Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match, helping defending champion Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 aggregate win.

The three-time FIFA player of the year scored in the 25th, 42nd and 49th minutes for a 3-0 lead and his 17th career hat trick for Barcelona, then added goals in the 58th and 84th minutes for the first five-goal game of his career. The last time a player scored five goals in European soccer's top club competition had been when Ajax's Soren Lerby did it against Omonia in the old Champion Clubs' Cup in 1979-80.

Messi has 48 goals for Barcelona this season, including 12 in the Champions League. He increased his Champions League career total to 49.

Just 24 years old, he has 228 goals for Barcelona and is seven from tying Cesar Rodriguez for the club's career scoring record. Messi has seven hat tricks this season.

Substitute Cristian Tello added a pair of goals for Barcelona.

The night's other game, between Cyprus' APOEL Nicosia and Lyon, went into overtime. APOEL led 1-0 after regulation, leaving the aggregate in the total-goals series tied 1-1.


LONDON (AP) ' Jermain Defoe took advantage of a rare start to score twice in a 3-1 victory over third-tier Stevenage that advanced Tottenham to the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Joel Byrom's penalty kick put the visitors ahead in the fourth minute of the fifth-round replay, but Defoe tied it in the 26th with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area. Emmanuel Adebayor converted a penalty kick to put Spurs ahead in the 54th, and Defoe got his second goal in the 75th.

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson was carried off on a stretcher early on with suspected ruptured ankle ligaments while winger Aaron Lennon limped off later in the first half.

Tottenham hosts Bolton in an all-Premier League quarterfinal on March 17 as Spurs seek its first FA Cup title since 1991.

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