Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UCL Last-16: Messi Ends Chelsea Drought To Give Barca Draw As Bayern Thrash 10-Man Besiktas

Lionel Messi ended his drought against Chelsea as Barca held held the Blues to a draw, while Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski each scored twice  as Bayern punished 10-man Besiktas in the UEFA Last 16 ties on Tuesday night.
Chelsea 1 - 1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi ended his drought against Chelsea to hand Barcelona the advantage after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Messi, who had previously failed to score against the Blues in eight appearances, struck on 75 minutes when played in by Andres Iniesta, who had taken advantage of a defensive mix-up to drive into the Chelsea box.

The home side were closing in on a valuable victory after Willian's decisive finish from 20 yards had given them the lead shortly after the hour mark, but now have it all to do at the Nou Camp in second leg in March 14 having been unable to re-establish their lead despite late pressure.

It was though a deserved draw for the Catalan giants, who dominated possession albeit often without getting at the heart of the Chelsea defence.

Bayern Munich 5 - 0 Besiktas
Besikas suffered a damaging first loss of 2018 as Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski struck twice to give Bayern Munich an emphatic first-leg victory in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Defeat for Besikas — just their fifth of the season in all competitions — looked inevitable after Domagoj Vida was shown a straight red card inside the opening 16 minutes.

And the Turkish side's fate was sealed by doubles from frontmen Muller and Lewandowski, plus Kingsley Coman's seventh goal of the season in all competitions.

Vida was dismissed inside the first 20 minutes by referee Ovidio Hategan for denying Lewandowski a clear goalscoring opportunity with a mistimed sliding tackle.

The goals did not come, but Bayern had 70 percent possession and a 10-2 shot attempts advantage by the half hour mark.

Mueller scored from close range before the break to give Bayern its advantage.

Coman then made it 2-0 with an assist from Robert Lewandowski, and Mueller completed his brace off a cross from Joshua Kimmich.

Lewandowski then scored twice in the final 11 minutes to salt away ahead of the March 14 second leg in Turkey.

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