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UCL: Messi strikes as Barca draw at Chelsea

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Rita Gibson | 22 February, 2018, 21:03

Lionel Messi netted a vital away goal as Chelsea and FC Barcelona drew 1-1 in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg tie. However, Barcelona hit back with 15 minutes remaining, punishing the first mistake of the night from the Chelsea defence.

Willian's superb goal, after two wondrous shots off the post in the first half, had squeezed Chelsea a lead after a period of threatening play.

Marcos Alonso is confident in Chelsea's chances, and says they will attack without fear at Camp Nou, after a draw at home.

"He's only 21. It's great that he's able to play this game with this maturity, this personality".

"Sometimes it was like a game of handball because they dropped back and waited, but we didn't lose patience and our performance was very complete".

"But I think we were compact, solid, we played as a team, we created many chances".

"We were very close to playing a ideal game, we paid dearly for one mistake", said Conte.

NRA head lashes out at gun control advocates: 'They hate individual freedom'
But LaPierre's comments weren't necessarily the most fiery from the NRA at CPAC Thursday. "You guys love it", Dana Loesch said. Everyone keeps their mouth closed and their heads down, and that is exactly how socialistic societies function".

Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta, who set Messi up for his goal, said: "We failed to finish off moves in the final third because they had a lot of people behind the ball".

"It is still open and we have showed that we can compete and we will need another excellent performance at the Nou Camp to go through", said livewire Willian, who was twice denied by the woodwork in the first half.

"We know playing in that stadium is very hard, they have great games where they score a lot but it's my task to avoid that".

Both teams pushed for a victor in the closing stages, but neither keeper was tested which meant that Barca took a valuable away goal into the second leg at the Camp Nou.

"The good thing is that we managed to get an error out of them and we got an equaliser". I am very proud for my players. "We have to win, we have to score". [To play] 90 minutes there, defending, can be a very long 90 minutes-it's basically a suicide mission.

Fabregas went on holiday with the pair in Ibiza last summer and they are clearly still close despite their on-field rivalry.

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