Messi closes on Raul as Barcelona beat Ajax 3-1

AP, Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) is congratulated by his teammate Neymar after scoring a goal against Ajax Amsterdam during their Champions League soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona October 21, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giant recovered its winning ways in Europe.

Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in the seventh minute before the Argentine scored in the 24th.

Messi's 69th career goal in Europe's top-tier competition moved him to within two goals of Raul Gonzalez's all-time record of 71. He is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo before Real Madrid visits Liverpool on Wednesday.

Anwar El Ghazi pulled one back for Ajax in the 88th, while Sandro Ramirez struck in stoppage time for the hosts.

Barcelona, which had lost 3-2 to Paris Saint-Germain in its previous match, has six points from three games in Group F.

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