Lionel MESSI scores against Chelsea for the first time in his illustrious career as Barcelona drew 1-1 against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Something always seems to happen when Lionel MESSI plays against Chelsea, be it at Stamford Bridge or at the Camp Nou. The first time was a man of the match performance at Stamford Bridge back in 2006 where he ran circles around the Chelsea team. The second was Andres INIESTA’s memorable goal late in the match in 2009 to send Barcelona through to the final in Rome. The third was MESSI infamously missing a penalty kick against them back in 2012 which would have sent Barcelona into the final.
However, despite playing eight matches against the reigning Premier League champions, MESSI had never scored against them. Zero goals in eight matches. But that all changed on Tuesday as Barcelona visited Stamford Bridge once more. Brazilian WILLIAN hit the woodwork twice and finally struck in the second half to give the home team the lead.
Following the goal, MESSI sent in a 60 yard cross to Luis SUAREZ who may (or may not) have been taken down in the area. SUAREZ protested and Chelsea tried to play out from the back. But a pass through the middle of the Chelsea back line lead to Mr. Big Match himself Andres INIESTA receiving the ball at the edge of the Chelsea area. The World Cup hero then slid the ball back to MESSI who put it past Thibault COURTOIS to score his first goal against Chelsea but more importantly draw Barcelona level.
With the away goal rule in play, Barcelona technically lead going into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Lionel MESSI scores against Chelsea
Lionel Messi FINALLY scores against Chelsea, he shows up when it matters. pic.twitter.com/SdPjB03Bmt
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 20, 2018
Following the match, the BT Sport panel (Gary LINEKER, Steven GERRARD, Frank LAMPARD and Rio FERDINAND) all spoke about MESSI. Here’s what they had to say:
“It was just great to be in the same stadium as him…never mind compete!”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2018
MESSI has now scored 18 goals against English teams in the Champions League, more than any other player in history.
Lionel MESSI: 18 goals
Cristiano RONALDO: 11 goals
Thomas MULLER: 9 goals
Samuel ETO’O: 8 goals
Edinson CAVANI: 8 goals
Lionel MESSI goals:
Arsenal: 9 goals
Manchester City: 6 goals
Manchester United: 2 goals
Chelsea: 1 goal
Otro nivel… pic.twitter.com/Bd0MnWhzV6
— Sarah (@AllAboutFutbol2) February 20, 2018