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Champions League Round up : Barcelona Midfielder Arda Turan scores a hat-trick


ardaArda Turan grabbed a hat-trick to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday while Lionel Messi fell short of equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League group stage goal record.

With Barca already through as group C winners and the other positions also determined, the main attraction at the Nou Camp was the possibility of Messi matching Ronaldo’s haul of 11 goals in the 2013-14 competition.

Things looked promising for the Argentina maestro when he played a one-two with Turan and fired the ball into the corner of the net in the 16th minute.

Messi wasted two chances to make it 2-0 before the break and, in the end, had to be content with 10 goals in group C.

The second half belonged to Turan, who was playing instead of the suspended Neymar.

The Turkish striker doubled Barca’s lead in the 50th minute, arriving at the far post to nod in Denis Suarez’s deflected cross, and netted again in the 53rd as he produced a crisp finish after a cut-back from the lively Aleix Vidal.

Turan completed his first treble for Barca by turning in Paco Alcacer’s cross from close range, squeezing the ball past goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s near post in the 67th minute.

Barca ended up with 15 points from six matches while Manchester City also went through to the knockout stages on nine.

Moenchengladbach qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League by finishing third, and Celtic were bottom.

Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basle 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday.

The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.

Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.

He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.

Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.

The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.

Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basle.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.

The news got better for Arsenal as the scoreline filtered back from Paris where Ludogorets, who twice led, held on for a draw that left PSG resigned to second place.

All eyes will be on the draw now as Arsenal will hope their reward for topping the group is not a tie with Bayern Munich who could only finish as runners-up in Group D.