Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona defeated Champions League opponents Spartak Moscow 3-2 last night.

Messi, again, played down his influence on proceedings.

"We won a difficult match, that's our merit. It's not easy to fight back when they close themselves off and they defend in their own area," said Messi.

"They have very fast forwards and they're very good on the counter.

"It's a shame that Piqué picked up an injury. He's very important to the team, as is Puyol, but we have more than enough players on the team to cover their absences, and even more in the reserve side.

"What we want is titles and we're on the right path. My goals are only important if they help the team."