Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Messi bags first ever goal against Chelsea in first-leg drawFebruary 20, 2018
Lionel Messi scored his first ever goal against Chelsea in all competitions as Barcelona bagged a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Willian broke the deadlock for Chelsea in the round of 16 Champions League clash before Barcelona equalised with Messi scoring his first goal after 730 minutes against Chelsea.
The game started with Barcelona keeping possession until the fourth minute of the game when the ball landed at Eden Hazard’s feet and his left-footed shot curled over the bar.
Both teams pressed highly as neither team wanted their opponents to play from the back, especially not Chelsea, who omitted both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata from the starting line-up, in favour of the more workman-like Pedro and Willian.
The away side kept a lot of possession but did not look very threatening apart from in the 15th minute when Chelsea’s defence split and Paulinho met Messi’s cross but sent his header wide.
Antonio Conte’s team were very compact in defence but also were very good going forward; Chelsea got the best chance of the half as Willian ran past Sergio Busquests and curled it on his right foot but was denied by the post.
As the first half was coming to an end Chelsea got another massive chance and again Willian was involved but this time his shot hit the opposite post, having no luck with two great efforts.
The first half ended with Barcelona having most of the possession but the home side looking the more threatening.
Twelve minutes into the second half, it was third time lucky for Willian as his shot curled into the bottom corner giving Ter Stegen no chance.
The goal caused Barcelona to make an immediate change as Paulinho made way for the pace of Alex Vidal.
Barcelona continued to keep possession but were getting frustrated at times but the mistake came in the 74th minute from Chelsea as a misplaced pass came to Andres Iniesta who passed to Messi and he placed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
With 10 minutes remaining Chelsea made two changes as Cesc Fabregas and Pedro made way for Danny Drinkwater and Alvaro Morata but with the away goal, Barca were very cautious and kept the ball, evidently happy with a 1-1 draw going back to the Camp Nou on 14 March.