Messi hits record five as Barcelona rout Bayer Leverkusen in Nou Camp
updated 7:09 AM EST, Thu March 8, 2012
Lionel Messi made history on Wednesday by becoming the first player to score five goals in a European Champions League match as Barcelona thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1. The Argentine was previously one of a select few to have grabbed four goals in the modern format of Europe's premier club competition.
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- Lionel Messi hits record five goals Barcelona's 7-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen
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- Messi held previous record of four goals in a tie
- Apoel Nicosia beat Lyon after dramatic penalty shootout
(CNN) -- Lionel Messi broke his own European Champions League record as he scored five goals in Barcelona's 7-1 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen in Wednesday's second leg of their last-16 tie.
The three-time World Player of the Year had set the previous best of four against Arsenal two seasons ago, and proceeded to go one better with a dazzling display in the Nou Camp.
He now has 12 goals from seven Champions League matches this season as the defending champions waltzed into the quarterfinals 10-2 on aggregate against their unfortunate German opponents. The 24-year-old scored 12 last season as he was the tournament's top scorer.
Messi's reaction to his feat was characteristically humble. "The most important thing is that we won, that's what we wanted," he said.
Coach Josep Guardiola said the Argentina forward "is the best" and "unique because of his talent and for his competitive capacity."
We are very fortunate to have a player like this, we can only enjoy him and this team
"It's not easy to score five goals in a game. We are very fortunate to have a player like this, we can only enjoy him and this team," Guardiola said after his team reached the last eight for the fifth successive year.
"We only try to provide the conditions so that he can receive the ball as many times as possible where he feels comfortable."
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, the Bundesliga side could not contain Messi as he scored twice before the break in the 25th and 42nd minutes.
Messi claimed his hat-trick early in the second half with a lob after he eluded a static Bayer defense from Fabregas' through pass.
Debutant Cristian Tello added Barca's fourth, again set up by former Arsenal star Fabregas.
Messi then scored from a tight angle for his fourth after a defensive error, and goalkeeper Bernd Leno was at fault again as he allowed a weak shot by the 20-year-old Tello to go in for the sixth.
Messi's fifth with six minutes to go was unstoppable -- taking him to 49 overall in Europe's top club competition, the sixth highest total -- before Karim Bellarabi scored a consolation for the visitors.
The night's other Champions League tie saw triumph for Cypriot underdogs Apoel Nicosia, who reached the quarterfinals for the first time in the club's history.
Apoel beat French giants Lyon 1-0 after extra time for a 1-1 aggregate score, then won the penalty shootout 4-3.
Dionissis Chiotis was the home hero with two saves in the shootout after Gustavo Manduca scored the only goal of the night in the ninth minute of normal time to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette's winner for Lyon in the first leg.
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