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3 - 0
Chelsea
L. Messi 3'
O. Dembélé 20'
L. Messi 63'
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PEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

Chelsea bow out to Barcelona, or should I say Lionel fricking Messi? Antonio Conte's men did really show up on the night and the match wasn't as one-sided as the scoreline would have suggested. But it came down to one man who made all the difference with his undeniable quality... once again elevating this Barcelona side to do great things in Europe.

That's that from the yap centre. Check in later for our post-match discussions.
For now, it's time to call it a night. Barcelona are into the last 8 of the UEFA Champions League and Chelsea join Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on their way out of Europe's elite competition.

This is me, Shambhu Ajith signing off. Hope y'all had as much fun following the game here as much as I did watching it.

Arrivederci!
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91' Messi uncharacteristically loses the ball on the right flank as Chelsea have one more chance to go for a consolatory goal. But even that comes to nothing.
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90' 2 minutes of stoppage time added on.
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89' RUDIGER HITS THE WOODWORK FROM THE CORNER!

It has not been their night but Chelsea have given it their best shot. Antonio Rudiger meets the corner ball after rising above the Barcelona defenders but he is cruelly denied by the woodwork. That's the second time Chelsea have been denied by the post tonight. They were denied twice at Stamford Bridge too.
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88' Kante releases Pedro on the left flank but it's a bit too heavy and Pedro plays it behind for Alonso. His cross is cleared for a corner. 
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87' Chelsea still enjoying possession deep into the Barcelona half to no real effect. Zappacosta goes for goal with his left foot after coming infield from his right wing back position. But it's a comfortable save for ter Stegen.
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85' Marcos Alonso is fouled on the left flank and Chelsea have a freekick. They decide to take it short. Fabregas lays it off to Willian who cuts inside and goes past a couple of challenges to find Zappacosta on the right flank. A brief phase of pinball later, Jordi Alba wins a freekick for Barcelona and yet another Chelsea attack bites the dust.
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84' Courtois finally makes a good save! Paulinho meets Rakitic's floated ball, unmarked in the centre of the box but Courtois had positioned himself well and pushes the ball out for a corner with his left hand. The subsequent Barcelona corner is rubbish though. 
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83' Here come Barcelona again and Aleix Vidal crosses one into the area and it is an awkward one for the Chelsea defence to deal with but Azpllicueta a.k.a Dave heads it out for a corner. Rakitic to take it.
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82' Willian tries to bend one into the box from the right but his cross is met by Pique who clears it away. Chelsea win the ball back but Morata is caught offside on the edge of the area.
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81' Substitution for Chelsea.
Eden Hazard off. Pedro on.
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80' Lovely cross-field diagonal ball from Rakitic to find Vidal. Vidal slides it across to Suarez who goes to ground like a rag doll. Oh, come on, man. Get back up on your feet. The ref shares my sentiment and asks him to get up. Chelsea break on the counter but once again it's the final ball that's gravely lacking in quality as Hazard cuts inside from the left to slide it to absolutely nobody.
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79' He goes for goal though it's too far out to go for it. It hits Willian's head on the way and Courtois is uncertain about how to deal with it and he just palms it away for a corner. Messi's subsequent corner is hit straight at the Chelsea goalkeeper and he gathers it without a hitch.
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78' Barcelona have a freekick 30 yards away and Messi is on it.
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76' Lovely run by Hazard on the right and he is picked out by Fabregas. 3 defenders raced to get to him and Hazard drags it back in the hope that one of his teammates would have sniffed the opportunity but no, it falls to no man and yet another Chelsea attack comes to nothing.
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76' Suarez goes to ground as Azpilicueta puts his arm around him. The Uruguayan makes the most of it and wins the freekick but Conte is not impressed.
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74' Alonso gets booked for going at Paulinho with his studs showing.
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74' Morata tries to dart past Roberto send one into the box but his cross is cleared for a corner. They take the corner short but it comes to nothing once again.
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72' Barcelona players are spread out on the pitch again and Chelsea seem to have lost some steam.
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70' Once again the lack of precision in the final third costs Chelsea as Kante just decides to roll the ball to the left instead of going for goal himself. His pass is blocked and Barcelona deal with the danger.
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69' Chelsea still probing, surveying the final third for gaps they can exploit but Barcelona have the liberty to put bodies behind and shut up shop and they're doing just that. Every goal that has gone in has only further reduced the spaces in the final third for Chelsea and with that 3rd goal, it looks done and dusted.
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67' Chelsea for all their efforts will look at that sore scoreline that reads 3-0 right now and feel that it's unfair. It is, to an extent. They have been far better than what the scoreline suggests. Only if they had finished off their chances. Only if their final ball was good enough.
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65' Substitutions for Chelsea.
Giroud off. Morata on. Moses off. Zappacosta on. 
Substitution for Barcelona 
Vidal on. Dembele off.
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62' LEO MESSI WRAPS IT UP! 
SUAREZ FORAYS INTO THE FINAL THIRD AND TEES UP LEO MESSI WHO DARTS INTO THE BOX AT GREAT PACE AND SENDS IT THROUGH THE LEGS OF COURTOIS ONCE AGAIN. AND ONCE AGAIN, AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY, BARCELONA SCORE. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE CLINICAL AND BARCELONA ARE JUST RUBBING IT IN CHELSEA'S FACE NOW. BUT TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM THE MAN OF THE MOMENT. LIONEL MESSI. HE HAS 3 GOALS AGAINST CHELSEA NOW. WHAT WAS THAT JINX ABOUT AGAIN?
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61' Alonso! Once again!

Chelsea switch wings to great effect and Hazard releases Alonso on the left side of the box once again and he goes for goal but his shot is once again blocked this time by Pique and what a block that was. Alonso has had 3 or 4 chances but his finishing has been poor tonight and it might just cost Chelsea dearly.
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61' Lovely to see the Camp Nou welcoming Gomes with a loud cheer. That's a very heartening sight.
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60' Substitution for Barcelona.
Busquets off. Gomes on.
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60' Hazard flits past Dembele and tries to put one into the corridor of uncertainty but his cross is wayward and ends up in the stands.
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59' Andre Gomes is getting ready on the touchline to replace Busquets.
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59' Busquets has signalled to Valverde that he didn't come away from that coming together with Moses all fine. Valverde is distraught but will have to make the change, it looks like.
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58' Moses slips and rams into Busquets to concede a freekick in the centre of the field.
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57' Chelsea win the ball back and break on the counter. He wanted to play Giroud into the box but Giroud instead makes a run to the middle and the pass is wasted. Alonso was running free on the left flank and the Brazilian might have chosen to go for the wrong guy there.
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56' Pique hoofs it upfield for Dembele to pick up on the right side of the field. But it is too heavy. But Barcelona are still on the ball.
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55' Substitution for Barcelona.

Iniesta off. Paulinho on.
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54' Paulinho is all set to come on for Barcelona.
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53' Kante motors down the left flank but has to pull back and eventually the attack comes to nothing.
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52' Alonso drives a low cross into the box but it is dealt with quite easily by Pique.
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51' Barcelona clear Willian's ball out of danger but Chelsea keep hold of the ball as they look increasingly threatening with every passing minute.
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51' Willian wins yet another corner for Chelsea on the right side.
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50' That could have been a big moment for Chelsea but maybe Alonso made too much of it. That'll be a talking point at the end of the 90 minutes for sure.
82'
Pedro
E. Hazard
75'
Marcos Alonso
67'
D. Zappacosta
V. Moses
67'
Álvaro Morata
O. Giroud
Aleix Vidal
O. Dembélé
67'
L. Messi
assist: L. Suárez
63'
André Gomes
Sergio Busquets
61'
Paulinho
Iniesta
56'
49'
O. Giroud
45'
Willian
Sergi Roberto
22'
O. Dembélé
assist: L. Messi
20'
L. Messi
assist: L. Suárez
3'
Tournament UEFA Champions League 2017-18 - 8th Finals
Stadium Camp Nou
Match time Thu, 15 Mar 2018, 01:15 AM
Chelsea (5-4-1)
Antonio Conte (Manager)
1
M. ter Stegen
18
Jordi Alba
23
S. Umtiti
3
Piqué
20
Sergi Roberto
8
Iniesta
4
I. Rakitić
5
Sergio Busquets
11
O. Dembélé
9
L. Suárez
10
L. Messi
13
T. Courtois
2
A. Rüdiger
27
A. Christensen
28
Azpilicueta
3
Marcos Alonso
15
V. Moses
10
E. Hazard
7
N. Kanté
4
Fàbregas
22
Willian
18
O. Giroud
Chelsea (5-4-1)
Antonio Conte (Manager)
Barcelona Subs
17
Paco Alcácer
15
Paulinho
13
J. Cillessen
19
L. Digne
21
André Gomes
25
T. Vermaelen
22
Aleix Vidal
Chelsea Subs
14
T. Bakayoko
1
W. Caballero
24
G. Cahill
9
Álvaro Morata
33
Emerson
11
Pedro
21
D. Zappacosta
56% POSSESSION 44%
8 SHOTS 14
7 SHOTS ON GOAL 3
11 FOULS 17
4 CORNERS 6
1 OFFSIDES 6
1 YELLOW CARDS 3
0 RED CARDS 0
3 SAVES 4
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Manchester United 6 5 0 1 9 15
2 FC Basel 1893 6 4 0 2 6 12
3 PFK CSKA Moskva 6 3 0 3 -2 9
4 SL Benfica 6 0 0 6 -13 0
Group B
1 Paris Saint-Germain 6 5 0 1 21 15
2 Bayern München 6 5 0 1 7 15
3 Celtic 6 1 0 5 -13 3
4 RSC Anderlecht 6 1 0 5 -15 3
Group C
1 Roma 6 3 2 1 3 11
2 Chelsea 6 3 2 1 8 11
3 Atlético Madrid 6 1 4 1 1 7
4 Qarabağ Ağdam FK 6 0 2 4 -12 2
Group D
1 Barcelona 6 4 2 0 8 14
2 Juventus 6 3 2 1 2 11
3 Sporting Clube Portugal 6 2 1 3 -1 7
4 OlympiakosP 6 0 1 5 -9 1
Group E
1 Liverpool 6 3 3 0 17 12
2 Sevilla 6 2 3 1 0 9
3 FK Spartak Moskva 6 1 3 2 -4 6
4 NK Maribor 6 0 3 3 -13 3
Group F
1 Manchester City 6 5 0 1 9 15
2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 0 2 0 12
3 Napoli 6 2 0 4 0 6
4 Feyenoord Rotterdam 6 1 0 5 -9 3
Group G
1 Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü 6 4 2 0 6 14
2 FC Porto 6 3 1 2 5 10
3 RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 -1 7
4 AS Monaco 6 0 2 4 -10 2
Group H
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 5 1 0 11 16
2 Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 10 13
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 -6 2
4 APOEL 6 0 2 4 -15 2
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 03:10 AM | Published: Mar 15, 2018 01:05 AM