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Messi Salvages A Draw For Barca At Chelsea

UEFA Champions League Report: Chelsea v FC Barcelona 20 February 2018

By SL International - Feb 20, 2018 11:43 PM

UEFA Champions League

Result: Chelsea 1-1 FC Barcelona

Date: 20 February 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Lionel Messi netted his first goal against Chelsea to earn FC Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg tie on Tuesday.

Click through the gallery to all highlights of the clash.

The Blues left out January transfer signing Olivier Giroud, days after he scored his first goal for the club, while Alvaro Morata also missed out.

They started well, giving little room to the more-fancied Barca, as Eden Hazard went close to giving them an early lead with a shot that sailed over the top after four minutes.

Spearheaded by Lionel Messi, the Catalan giants were looking to carve out a few openings with their short-passing game.

Despite enjoying a bulk of possession, Barca frustrated the home side who struggled to put a few passes of their own together.

Brazilian Willian got his feet on the ball and ran at the defence before being tripped by Ivan Ratikic, which led to a free-kick that Marcos Alonso took poorly, firing straight at Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Willian this time decided to take matters into his own hands after beating two defenders on the right side, wrapping his foot around the ball before seeing his attempt cannon off the post.

The woodwork stood between the former Shakhtar Donetsk player once again after he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area, before having another crack at goal which hit the left side post.

Three minutes before half time, Hazard launched a volley from a free-kick on the edge of the box, but it ballooned into the stands.

The Spanish outfit came out more dominant in the early stages of the second-half, with the hope of seeing the tie to its very end.

Veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta became the latest to take aim at goal, but like all the others before him, his effort evaded the net.

Uruguayan Luis Suarez then got round Antonio Rudiger minutes later and had a crack at Thibaut Courtois, who pulled off an outstretched finger-tip save.

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It was third time lucky for Willian, who finally got his name on the scoresheet after curling home an excellent low finish into the bottom corner after 62 minutes.

The La Liga leaders' never-say-die attitude came to the fore 15 minutes before the end when Messi stepped up with the equalizer that finally ended his hoodoo against the Londoners, slotting home from Iniesta's cut-back to give them a massive away goal for the return-leg in three weeks' time.


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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Joined: 06 Aug 2017
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 22, 2018 06:46 AM
@Evergreenmessi wen madrid need the kingcr7 he ryz his gold hand but leo is alwyz hiding,chelsea is dead but he faild to inspire his team,barca must search replacement leo lost his fake boots
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Evergreenmessi Feb 21, 2018 04:28 PM
@Bridgertte Layun. What about us doing what we have started blues had home advantage they fail let go to our ground and see if we can fail its much better point compare to chelsea surely we were not walk over we will continue to be the same now some must open play
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Evergreenmessi Feb 21, 2018 04:22 PM
@Aka-Skobho cry a river tears kid what about knee goal or reflexion
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Evergreenmessi Feb 21, 2018 04:20 PM
@Golden Boots who should have been left out
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Athobe Feb 21, 2018 12:36 PM
Nothing special abt campnou torres can attest to that
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Nick#10 Feb 21, 2018 12:19 PM
@Ada_khosii unfortunately dis type of football will not help them at da camp nou
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Faysal Feb 21, 2018 12:10 PM
The GOAT
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Joey Negro Feb 21, 2018 10:37 AM
Chelsea held on tired for dear life, certainly not a good result for them course things are going to turn out dramatically for them in Noucamp/Campnou
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Matayitayi Feb 21, 2018 10:26 AM
Messidona
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Aka-Skobho Feb 21, 2018 09:49 AM
Barcelona is one luck team in football,had the post not denied Willian and his Chelsea twice in the first half Barcelona should have lost but luck for them they went on to draw the match which in my opinion they should have lost.Going into the second round I think Barcelona stands a good chance to progress but Chelsea will give them a run for their money
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NHLANHLA1 Feb 21, 2018 08:57 AM
Some fans are pure idiots mxm
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ko mokokotlo Feb 21, 2018 08:47 AM
chelsea went into the game to prevent an away goal with the mentality that if they do that and score one goal they have the advantage to go to camp nou and score one goal then defend. unfortunately it backfired as bacca have the advantage of an away goal and they are going to host chelsea at home, meaning chelsea will have to attack and if you attack you open spaces at the back and with messi in the game you are risking the chance of advancing.
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vijjox Feb 21, 2018 08:32 AM
Defending is part of football anyway well done messi this is the goal he were looking for
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Golden Boots Feb 21, 2018 08:31 AM
I was impressed by Chelsea's performance and not so of ours. Valverde needs to play Semedo in the right back cause it is taking it's toll on Roberto and start playing Dembele, how do you expect Paulinho to play well on the wing? That's just absurd. Our right wing should've of had been Semedo and Dembele or Roberto higher up cause he can play there. Favoritism in the selection of players is gonna cost dearly in Europe.
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Warras4phefeni Feb 21, 2018 08:18 AM
Very entertaining game Chelsea had their chances but lady lucky gave them the back of their bodies.
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Prayer@k4l Feb 21, 2018 07:37 AM
The second leg is going to be interesting
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Prayer@k4l Feb 21, 2018 07:35 AM
Welldone blues
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MALOSE Feb 21, 2018 07:15 AM
Willian though... strongly raising his hands for the world cup.
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Bridgertte Layun. Feb 21, 2018 06:59 AM
a single unanswered goal and park die train for Antonio Conte's charges in Camp Nou then The Blaugrana is out
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Pep G junior Feb 21, 2018 06:44 AM
Thìs coach must play 4 3 3 at camp nou.

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