Lionel Messi makes another mark at Chelsea as a Newcastle United reject puts Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League driving seat against Roma
From the four Champions League last 16 ties this week, three remain very much in the balance and in the evenly contested first legs from London, Kharkiv and Seville, Argentinians took centre stage: One a consistent match winner, one a not frequent enough world class operator and another who never quite lived up to his potential.
Lionel Messi broke his Chelsea duck
Much was made of Lionel Messi’s record of never scoring against Chelsea in the build-up of their highly anticipated Champions League clash but if the world’s greatest player has proved anything during his career it’s that records are there to be broken.
After nine games, a period of 730 minutes, Messi ended his Chelsea goal drought with an emphatic finish past Thibaut Courtois to give Barcelona a valuable 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
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