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Quick Report: Messi saves Barça, Sporting beat Basel

SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 1 Oct 2008

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Lionel Messi scored two late goals to turn things around for Barcelona, while Sporting were the stronger side versus FC Basel.

Shakhtar took the lead through Ilsinho just before the break, and appeared to be heading for a somewhat surprising win over Barcelona.

But Argentinian star Lionel Messi stepped up a gear at the right moment and levelled the score with three minutes left in regular time.

And four minutes into added time, the forward netter a second to earn Barcelona a very hard fought win.

Sporting Lisbon overcame their opening match defeat with a 2-0 win over FC Basel.

Romagnolli put the Portuguese hosts in the lead after 55 minutes and Derlei doubled the advantage just before the end of regular time.

Barcelona lead with six points from two games, followed by Shakhtar and Sporting with three points each. Basel are still without points.

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