Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Messi sets record for goals in a year

Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Muellers 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday.

The Argentine forward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match.

His first was an individual effort in the 16th minute to equal Muellers mark, and he eclipsed the 1972 milestone with a familiar left-footed finish nine minutes later.

As I have said many times, the record is nice but the important thing is the victory that keeps us on the path we want to continue on, Messi said. As I always say, my objectives are on a team level: to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey again.

Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 times for Argentina this year, and he has three more games in which he can add to his tally before the end of the year. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany.

The 25-year-old Messi passed Brazil great Peles single-season milestone of 75 goals for Brazil and Santos in 1958 on Nov. 11 to move into second place behind Mueller.

Unruly crowd spoils Man U win Crowd disorder marred the English Premier Leagues Manchester derby, with United defender Rio Ferdinand injured when he was struck by a coin and police arresting a spectator for racist chanting.

In a volatile end to the match at Citys Etihad Stadium where Robin Van Persie clinched a 3-2 win for United, Ferdinand was left bleeding from a cut above his left eye after being struck by an object.

Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Ferdinand wrote on Twitter, making light of the incident.

Club World Cup semis set Substitute Mohamed Aboutrika scored in the second half as Egypts Al-Ahly beat Japans Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2- 1 to advance to the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Toyota, Japan. The win sends the African champions to a semifinal clash against South American champions Corinthians on Wednesday.

Earlier, Mexican club Monterrey progressed to the semis with a 3- 1 win over South Koreas Ulsan Hyundai. It will face European champion Chelsea on Thursday. …

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