Argentina captain Lionel Messi scored on Chelsea’s lone mistake of the night, as Barcelona came back to score a potentially vital away goal in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 meeting with the Blues on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
Willian scored Chelsea’s opener after hitting both posts in a Man of the Match performance. Chelsea played without a true top striker keeping Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench to start.
Both teams had chances in the first 15 minutes, with Jordi Alba having plenty of work on Barca’s left side and Paulinho missing a header for the Blaugranas at the other end. Antonio Conte’s side will need to score in the second leg at the Camp Nou slated for March 14.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi Breaks Goalless Record Against Chelsea Fc, Messi never scored against Chelsea since both the teams meet several times.
German champions, Bayern Munich are on the brink of a quarter-final spot in the Champions League for the seventh year running thanks to a ruthless showing to see off 10-man Besiktas 5-0 on Tuesday evening.
The five-time European champions were made to dig deep prior to their breakthrough goal shortly before half time, though they went on to add four more goals to their tally ahead of next month’s needless second leg.
Besiktas gave a good account of themselves prior to Domagoj Vida’s dismissal early on, which Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller took advantage of by finding the net twice apiece at the Allianz Arena.