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Barcelona v Chelsea – story of the match

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The Catalan side were 3-0 winners to take the tie 4-1 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi, left, celebrates the third goal with his Barcelona team-mates (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Lionel Messi punished error-prone Chelsea as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.

After eight appearances without a goal against Chelsea, Messi settled this tie by scoring the equaliser in last month’s first leg and two goals here, either side of Ousmane Dembele’s first Barca goal, for a 4-1 aggregate success.

Chelsea will feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty for a Gerard Pique foul on Marcos Alonso when 2-0 down. Alonso also hit the outside of a post with a free-kick and an Antonio Rudiger header hit the bar late on.

What they said

Antonio Conte
(John Walton/EMPICS)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde: “That goes with Messi’s personality, the sense of responsibility that he has. He knows in certain moments stars have to come out. He forces himself to do that. We’re lucky enough to be seeing something that will go down in history.”

Tweet of the match

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Moment of the match

Ousmane Dembele rifles home the second goal
Ousmane Dembele rifles home the second goal (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Star Man – Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal
Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Data point

Messi now has 100 Champions League goals and has scored six times in five straight games. The Argentinian has scored in successive games against Chelsea after failing to score in his first eight appearances against the Blues.

Disastrous start

Lionel Messi squeezes in the first goal
Messi squeezes in the first goal (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Wasted opportunities in the first half

Samuel Umtiti, left, blocks an attemp on goal from Olivier Giroud
Samuel Umtiti, left, blocks an attempt on goal from Olivier Giroud (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

No hard feelings?

Diego Costa
(Diego Costa/Instagram)

Ratings

Lionel Messi was a class apart
Messi was a class apart (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 5, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Andreas Christensen 5, Antonio Rudiger 5, Victor Moses 6, Cesc Fabregas 6, N’Golo Kante 6, Marcos Alonso 7, Willian 7, Olivier Giroud 6, Eden Hazard 6. Substitutes: Davide Zappacosta (for Moses, 67) 5, Alvaro Morata (for Giroud, 67) 6, Pedro (for Hazard, 82) 6.

Who’s up next?

Leicester v Chelsea (FA Cup quarter-final, March 18)

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao (LaLiga, March 18)

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