◼️ The Argentine, author of the tie in the first leg, scored two at the Camp Nou and assisted Dembelé for the 3-0 that eliminated Chelsea from the UEFA Champions League.
For more than a decade, everything happening in Barcelona has been explained because of Lionel Messi. Chelsea, who until the present round of eighth Champions League had never received a goal from the Argentine, this time was the victim of all his inexhaustible talent. The author of 1-1 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge was dispatched with a double plus an assist to Ousmane Dembelé for a categorical 3-0 at Camp Nou.
The Catalans started as favorites after the result in London and Messi didn’t wait too long to go out and end the tie. After 2 minutes, he accelerated to the right, he wanted to connect with Dembelé but in a rebound he was assisted by Luis Suárez to define, from a closed and uncomfortable position, under the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The team of Antonio Conte tried timidly the reaction and in its excursion to the rival field, from a punt, Messi fought until taking the ball to leave fired towards the attack, he stopped and he assisted the ball towards the right to Dembelé. The French then finished with violence and the ball went high, almost at an angle, to score the 2-0 in just over 20 minutes.
Barcelona felt that the series was decided and loosened in the efforts in front of a tough rival, who couldn’t find the cracks to the goal defended by Marc-André Ter Stegen. That’s why he wasn’t surprised by Messi’s goal, the second in the match.
The two goals represented the centenary of goals in Champions for Messi, figure of a Barcelona that goes into the Champions League with absolute tranquility by eliminating the defending Premier League Champion.