After a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, the hosts took the lead after simply 128 seconds when Messi by some means squeezed the ball between Thibaut Courtois’ legs from an unimaginable angle.
The Argentine then arrange Ousmane Dembele to attain his first ever Barca objective, leaving the Blues with an terrible lot to do.
Marcos Alonso hit the put up with a free kick, however Messi killed the sport as a contest when he capitalised on a mistake from Cesar Azpilicueta to blast a shot by means of Courtiois as soon as once more.
Chelsea be part of Tottenham and Manchester United in leaving the knokcout phases within the first spherical, whereas the Catalan giants advance with fellow LaLiga sides Real Madrid and Sevilla in Friday’s draw.
Messi was untouchable, and appeared to have the Chelsea defenders below his spell all evening. He scored his quickest ever objective by squezzing the ball previous Thibaut Courtois from an unimaginable angle, earlier than creating the second. If the tie wasn’t lifeless already, he definitely made positive of it within the second half with a medical end by means of Courtois once more.
Second of the match
Barcelona’s second objective epitomised precisely why Lionel Messi is taken into account probably the most naturally gifted footballer ever. The Argentine dispossessed his former team-mate Cesc Fabregas and commenced racing in the direction of the Chelsea objective. After skipping previous Cesar Azpilicueta with ease, he laid the ball on a plate for the onrushing Ousmane Dembele. The younger France worldwide did the remainder, blasting the ball into the highest nook.
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BARCELONA: ter Stegen, Sergi, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, Dembélé – Substituted for Vidal (67), Busquets – Substituted for André Gomes (61), Rakitic, Iniesta – Substituted for Paulinho (56), Messi, L Suárez
Subs not used: Cillessen, Alcácer, Digne, Vermaelen
CHELSEA: Courtois, Moses – Substituted for Zappacosta (67), Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Alonso, Willian, Fàbregas, Kanté, E Hazard – Substituted for Pedro (82), Giroud- Substituted for Morata (67)
Subs not used: Caballero, Bakayoko, Cahill, Emerson
Subsequent fixture for Chelsea
Leicester v CHELSEA (FA Cup Quarter-finals) – Sunday March 18, dwell on talkSPORT from Four.30pm