Lionel Messi and Neymar set new Champions League record

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The Barcelona pair have both scored nine or more goals in the competition; the first time two players from one team have done this.

Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League final last night with a 3-2 defeat in Munich good enough to see the Catalan outfit prevail 5-3 on aggregate.

Despite Mehdi Benatia heading home an early opener to give Bayern hope, two first-half goals from Neymar effectively ended the tie as a contest.

By netting twice, the Brazilian has taken his tally to nine goals for the Champions League campaign and is now one behind the scoring leader, Lionel Messi, who has struck ten times.

With Neymar’s brace, the pair have set a new Champions League record.

No two players from the one team have scored nine or more goals in a single campaign in Europe’s top tournament before, with the Barcelona pair becoming trendsetters.

Messi put in a relatively subdued performance at the Allianz Arena, but the Argentine superstar played a part in both of the visitors’ goals without picking up an assist.

Neymar has been in excellent form in recent weeks and the pair’s combination play with Luis Suarez threatens to see Luis Enrique win a momentous treble in his first campaign in charge at Camp Nou.

Barcelona will face either Real Madrid or Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6.

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