Published: February 21, 2018 3:45 am
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 on Tuesday.
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 its 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 beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0.