Lionel Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal to help Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at the Camp Nou this evening, sealing his side’s place in the quarter-finals of the competition for a record-extending 11th successive year.
Messi had given his side the slight advantage with an away goal in last month’s first leg at Stamford Bridge, and he was once again instrumental with two more goals and an assist to seal a 4-1 aggregate triumph.
The 30-year-old’s first of the night arrived after less than three minutes, and his second just past the hour mark killed the tie off having teed up Ousmane Dembele’s first Barcelona goal in the meantime.
Chelsea will feel harshly done by having had the better of things for much of the match despite the scoreline, but they were ultimately punished for individual errors by a ruthless Barcelona side who will now be among the favourites going into Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Bayern Munich also booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 8-1 aggregate success over Turkish giants Besiktas.
Bayern entered the second leg of the last-16 tie boasting a 5-0 advantage from their clash at the Allianz Arena last month.
The German champions followed up that result with a 3-1 success in Turkey as they cruised into the final eight of the competition once again.