Messi stars, Barca into Champions League last 16

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, celebrates his second

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores against Spartak Moscow duri

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, scores against Spartak M

Lionel Messi scored his ninth double of the season as Barcelona reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 3-0 victory at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.
Messi has now scored 80 goals for club and country in 2012, only five behind former Germany striker Gerd Mueller's all-time record from 1972.
The Argentina forward made it 2-0 in the 27th minute after getting first to a rebound, and beat goalkeeper Andriy Dikan one-on-one when Pedro Rodriguez sent him through 12 minutes later for his 56th Champions League goal.
Defender Daniel Alves scored for Barcelona with a low right-footed shot into the corner in the 16th.
Barcelona tops Group G with 12 points. Spartak is last with three points.
On Dec. 5, Barcelona hosts Benfica and Spartak travels to Celtic.