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Barcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 on aggregate)

Barcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 on aggregate)

Barcelona eased into the last eight of the Champions League with a comfortable win over Chelsea, at the Camp Nou.

After drawing the first-leg, at Stamford Bridge, 1-1, Barcelona were in pole position to gain revenge for the London side knocking them out, at the semi-final stage in 2012.

Ahead of the game it was noted that Barcelona hadn`t won any of the last eight meetings between the two clubs and that the last four meetings at the Camp Nou had all ended in draws.

However, Barcelona got off to the perfect start in this game when, with less than three minutes played, they took the lead. The goal came from the boots of Lionel Messi who, somehow, managed to find the net from an acute angle, shooting through the legs of the Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.

Barcelona doubled the lead around the twenty-minute mark when the former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas lost possession, Messi broke at pace and squared the ball for Ousmane Dembele to fire home his first goal for the club.

On the stroke of half-time, Chelsea almost pulled a goal back when Alonso crashed a free-kick, from just outside the area, against the woodwork.

The win was signed, sealed and delivered though, in the second half, when mistake from Cesar Azpilicueta allowed Messi to net his second goal of the game, making it 3-0, whilst also scoring his 100th goal in Champions League football.

Chelsea fought back well and perhaps should have had a penalty when Marcos Alonso was felled in the area but the referee wasn`t sympathetic to the forthcoming appeals.

The 4-1 aggregate win puts Barcelona into the quarter-final draw which will take place this Friday whereby an all-Spanish against Real Madrid or Sevilla could be the outcome.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Thursday March 15 2018
Time: 12:40PM

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