Lionel Messi finally broke his duck against Chelsea to give Barcelona a draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League round-of-16 after Willian had put the hosts ahead with a superb strike, while in Munich Bayern destroyed Besiktas 5-0 after defender Domagoj Vida was sent off after just 16 minutes.
Here are Seven Deadly Stats from Tuesday’s night round-of-16 matches:
MESSI FINALLY BREAKS DOWN THE CHELSEA WALL
After nine matches and over 800 minutes Lionel Messi finally scored against Chelsea. He has now scored against 31 of the 37 clubs he has faced in European competition.
How important could his 75th minute equaliser in deciding who goes through to the last eight.
Messi has scored 18 goals in 27 appearances against English sides in the Champions League, including eight in his past five.
Chelsea are the 71st club that Lionel Messi has scored against for Barcelona – he has only failed to score against 11 clubs that he has faced.
Messi is also now the all-time top scorer in the UCL round of 16 with 22 goals.
The Brazilian had an outstanding night constantly threatening the Barcelona goal. He had four shots, two of which were on target – the other two hitting the post, 25 passes with four key passes, six dribbles, 47 touches, 2 aerial duels won and was dispossessed three times.
In the lead up to his goal he hit the right post on 33 minutes then the left post on 41 minutes before finally getting his reward by sliding the ball just inside the right post in the 62 minute.
Six of Willian’s nine Champions League goals for Chelsea have come from outside the box (67%).
In fact, since joining Chelsea in 2013-14, Willian has scored more Champions League goals from outside the box than any other player (six, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar on five).
MULLER IS BAYERN’S SCORING CHARM
Thomas Muller netted two goals against Besiktas to bring his tally to nine this season in 28 games.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (56) and Lionel Messi (38) have scored more goals in the Champions League knockout phase than Muller (21).
The 28-year-old is Bayern’s lucky charm as they are now unbeaten in 62 competitive matches that Müller has scored in (W59 D3).
61 - Bayern Munich are previously unbeaten in their last 61 competitive matches that Thomas Müller has scored in (W58 D3). Formality. pic.twitter.com/qkfzdn4Tgu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 20, 2018
A QUIET NIGHT IS STILL A GOOD NIGHT FOR EDEN HAZARD
Played in an unfamiliar false No9 the Belgian had a quiet night by his standards, marshalled well by the constant presence of Sergio Busquets, but he still managed 54 touches, 35 passes, four dribbles, three key passes, two shots and one assist.
The assist means Hazard has now been involved in six goals in his six Champions League matches this season – three goals, three assists – more than any other Chelsea player.
Eden Hazard has now been directly involved in 6 goals in his 6 Champions League games this season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 20, 2018
3 goals ⚽
3 assists 🅰️
More than any other player for Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/o5JLYli8k8
The German giants may have been aided by the 16th minute sending off Vida after a desperate challenge on Robert Lewandowski but its unlikely the score would have been much different even if Besiktas had their full complement.
In fact the two earliest red cards in the Champions League this season have both come away against Bayern Munich for fouls on Robert Lewandowski – Sven Kums for Anderlecht in September (11th minute) and Vida tonight (16th minute).
Bayern’s 5-0 victory was the biggest ever home first-leg win in the UCL knockout stages.
It was also Bayern’s 14th win in a row in all competitions – a run that equals the record set back in 1980.
MESSI’S GOAL DROUGHT IS OVER BUT LUIS SUAREZ’S CONTINUES
The Barcelona striker may have scored against Eibar on the weekend to break his La Liga scoring drought but his Champions League drought continues.
He has now failed to score in the past 881 minutes of play in the Champions League, his longest drought in the competition.
His last goal dates back to March 2017 against PSG.
CONTE ALMOST DELIVERS A MASTER CLASS
The under fire Chelsea manager Antonio Conte almost hatched the perfect plan at Stamford Bridge to keep the dangerous Barcelona strike force quiet.
His plan almost worked to perfect as he Barcelona failed to register a shot on target in a first half of a UCL game for the first time since February 2016 against Arsenal in London.
But unfortunately a wayward pass from Andreas Christensen, intercepted by Andrés Iniesta who set up Messi to score, undid all Conte’s well made plans.
In the end Barcelona had just seven shots with only two on target.
Messi only had one shot all night but that was enough to send Chelsea back to the Nou Camp with a vital away goal.
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