At the ninth time of asking, Lionel Messi finally scored his first goal against Chelsea to earn the Spanish giants a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg.
Messi’s lengthy drought against the Premier League champions, extended by a missed penalty in 2012, looked set to run on into a 10th game during a frustrating 90 minutes for the Argentinian against Chelsea.
But with his only real chance of the game, the Barcelona forward beat goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from close range on 75 minutes after being teed up by Andres Iniesta.
A careless pass by Andreas Christensen across the face of his own penalty area gifted Barcelona their chance, with Iniesta beating Cesar Azpilicueta to the loose ball on the edge of the 18-yard box before squaring to Messi.
Antonio Conte’s players were bold enough to take the game to Barcelona and created enough chances to win the game. But although they could not capitalise before Willian scored his 62nd-minute opener, Chelsea did enough to make Barcelona take them seriously in the return leg.