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Barca's Messi ends goal drought versus Chelsea

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates scoring his side's equaliser against Chelsea with Andres Iniesta during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London yesterday. The game ended 1-1.

LONDON (AP):

Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in his ninth attempt to salvage a 1-1 draw for Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 yesterday.

The forward's longest goal drought against any opponent ended after 730 minutes when Chelsea was made to pay for a rare slip in concentration after successfully containing the Spanish club's threat.

Andreas Christensen passed laxly across his own penalty area and Andres Iniesta beat Cesar Azpilicueta to the ball, skipped past the defender's attempt to tackle and squared for the unmarked Messi to turn into the bottom of the net in the 75th minute.

It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only their second loss in all competitions since August, and secured a valuable away goal to take back to the Camp Nou on March 14.

Chelsea had taken the lead 13 minutes earlier. Willian, who drifts in and out of the team, fired Chelsea in front after hitting the woodwork twice in the first half.

In the night's other game, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated 10-man Besiktas 5-0 to all but secure progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

Bayern played with an extra man after Domagoj Vida was sent off early for bringing down Lewandowski as the last defender, but didn't open the scoring until the 43rd minute when Mueller netted from close range. The floodgates opened after the break, though, as Kingsley Coman doubled the lead and Mueller grabbed his second midway through the second half.

 

Yesterday's results

 

- Chelsea 1 (Willian 62nd) Barcelona 1 (Messi 75th)

- Bayern Munich 5 (Muller 43rd, 66th; Coman 53rd; Lewandowski 79th, 88th) Besiktas 0.