Lionel Messi turned into the main player to score in 15 successive Champions League seasons as Barcelona guaranteed a thin win at Slavia Prague.
Commander Messi gave Barca an early lead with a first-time finish after a trade of goes with Arthur.
The Czech victors were deservedly level when Jan Boril jabbed home Lukas Masopust’s go from 16 yards.
Be that as it may, Messi’s free-kick discovered Luis Suarez at the back post – and his check shot hit went in off Peter Olayinka.
Barcelona, who are top of La Liga, have now won six successive games in all rivalries.
The outcome keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of Group F on seven from three games, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.
Those different sides met at the San Siro in the gathering’s other game, with Inter winning 2-0. Lautaro Martinez scored and had a punishment spared before Antonio Candreva’s late securing objective.
Barca were lucky to go three clear at the top – with Slavia meriting more from the game.
The Prague side had more shots – and endeavors on target – than Barcelona, most remarkably a 60-second spell when Marc-Andre ter Stegen got down low to deny Lukas Masopust and afterward spilled Olayinka’s twisting exertion the bar.
Barca were holding tight toward the end, with Tomas Soucek and Olayinka having headers spared in damage time.
Slavia were the 33rd side Messi has scored against in the Champions League – a joint record with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul.
While he has scored in 15 seasons in succession, the Argentine is as yet one shy of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs’ record of scoring in 16 distinct Champions League seasons.
The commander could have scored all the more however was denied by guardian Ondrej Kolar before shooting wide from short proximity.
Messi breaks another Champions League record in Barca win 1
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