Chelsea Run In the Champions League Comes to An End At the Camp Nou

Full-time: Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea [4-1 agg]

Messi grabs a third for Barcelona after they snatch possession in midfield and break quickly. Suarez lays it off and the Argentine beats his man before firing low beyond Courtois.

Two Lionel Messi strikes, one very early in the game, and a goal from Ousmane Dembele, ensured a Champions League exit for the Blues on their return to Camp Nou.

A tough task after the 1-1 draw in the first leg was made all the harder by being 2-0 down before the halfway stage of the first period.  The Blues could have pulled a goal back before Messi scored his second goal of the match in the second half.

Marcos Alonso hit the woodwork shortly before half-time and then had a big appeal for a penalty turned down not long after it. There were other good Chelsea moves and shots blocked but Chelsea went 3-0 down just past the hour and in the end could not find the Barcelona net, with Toni Rudiger adding to the woodwork in the closing minutes.

For this final second leg match of this Round-of-16 stage, Antonio Conte made one change from the side which had earned the draw at the Bridge in the first leg – Olivier Giroud coming in at centre-forward with Eden Hazard back out on the left.

Barcelona’s skipper, Andres Iniesta, a pre-game injury doubt, was fit to start. They too made one change from Stamford Bridge, Dembele preferred to Paulinho.

Chelsea, not for the first time in this stadium, were resembling Real Madrid in our choice of kit, but hopes of a repeat of 2012 when we were also in white were dealt a heavy blow by such an early goal conceded.

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