Chelsea v Barcelona - story of the match

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"It will be a completely different game, to play there is different", Willian said of the difference between the two legs. The only real threat offered by the visiting was in the 16 minute when Paulinho headed wide of goal. Despite his sub-par performance, Chelsea contained Barça well for most of the game, playing with a high intensity, pressing effectively and keeping a solid defensive shape.

What looked like a 3-4-3 system on paper, Chelsea effectively played with a 5-4-1 formation without the ball. Despite having almost 75% of the ball, it was all possession and no penetration from the visitors.

Chelsea's outstanding performer Willian could hardly believe his bad luck as twice before halftime he rattled the woodwork.

Barca appeared to have restored order early in the second period, but failed to learn their lesson of Willian's danger from the edge of the box.

Hazard spoke ahead of this game about his belief that he was ready to "shine" on the Champions League stage against a superpower like Barcelona.

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But Barca's protests had barely been silenced before they were level.

Stamford Bridge was just beginning to contemplate taking a precious lead to the Nou Camp when Christensen, outstanding for Chelsea this season, misplaced a pass across his own area with catastrophic consequences.

Nine years on from a hugely controversial semi-final between the clubs, Andres Iniesta and Messi combined once more to ensure the Catalans ended the first leg of the last-16 tie the happier of the two sides with a 1-1 draw. Bayern were never likely to settle for three and their fourth goal of the game arrived on 79 minutes.

A similar result in the return leg would put them through and forward Eden Hazard, who played as a false No. 9 with strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud benched, urged his side to be positive for the March 14 return match. Lewandowski was free after a mistake from Besiktas captain Atiba Hutchinson and Vida had few options other than to bring him down. "Perhaps we didn't create many clear-cut chances, but we managed to force an error and get the draw". But he missed a good chance to score in the first half, when he volleyed over from 18 yards, and struggled to make any kind of impact.

Willian scored twice from outside the box against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday, and was inches away from another long-range stunner when he curled onto the post from 25 yards with Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten in the Barca goal.


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