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2017/18 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage
  • Dimitris Nikolaou (18' OG)
  • Lionel Messi (61')
  • Lucas Digne (64')
  • Gerard Piqué (42')
  • Dimitris Nikolaou (89')

Lionel Messi nets landmark goal as Barcelona beat Olympiakos

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Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos: Messi reaches milestone (2:22)

Lionel Messi netted his 100th goal in European competition as 10-man Barcelona stayed perfect in Group D. (2:22)

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Messi hit the century mark in 122 European matches when he curled a free kick over the wall in the 61st minute. Goalkeeper Silvio Proto got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out as Messi took his career tally in the Champions League to 97 goals.

After Barcelona had gone ahead thanks to an own goal by Dimitris Nikolaou in the 18th minute, the hosts were left a man down three minutes before half-time. Gerard Pique got a second booking for using his arm to steer the ball into the net and the strike was disallowed.

However, Barcelona continued to outclass Olympiakos despite playing with 10 men.

Messi drew a foul from Nikolaou near the edge of the area to set up his free kick. Messi's strike gave him 18 goals in 17 matches for Barcelona and Argentina side this season.

Barcelona's star provided the pass for left-back Lucas Digne to score in the 64th when he dribbled around a defender before cutting the ball back through the area for the defender to drive it home.

Nikolaou scored Olympiakos' consolation goal with a header from a corner in the 90th minute.

Barcelona made it three wins from as many matches in Group D and extended their unbeaten run at home in the competition to 23 straight games.

Olympiakos remained on zero points.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde coached Olympiakos from 2008-09 and 2010-12, guiding them to three Greek league titles.

Juventus beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 in the other match in Group D.

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