Messi earns Barca a point at the Stamford Bridge

Lionel Messi finally ended his hoodoo against Chelsea as Barcelona battled back to earn a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Both teams got a goal each as Willian was denied twice by the left and right post and neither keeper got seriously tested in the encounter. Messi punishes a mistake from the Blues as Barca takes home a valuable away goal.

The Blaugrana bossed possession in the first half but they created very few chances and failed to get a shot on target while Anthony Conte’s side had better chances in the first half but the woodwork came to Barca’s rescue on two occasions as Willian hit both uprights.

The Brazilian finally opened the scoring with a sweet strike in the second half but a mistake at the back led to an equalizer from Lionel Messi to put Earnesto Valverde’s men in the driving seat for the second leg in Spain

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