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Messi Breaks Jinx Against English Club, Chelsea Down, Liverpool Next

Tunde Ogunmola

The Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has scored his first career goal against Chelsea. Messi had not scored in his career against the Blues but finally broke the jinx yesterday in a Champions League match.

It took him nine games to achieve this feat, but he has finally broken through against Chelsea.
The Barcelona talisman scored in the 75th minute to level the Champions League match 1-1 at Stamford Bridge and cancel out Willian’s earlier strike.

He was the benefactor of a costly mistake by Chelsea at the edge of their own area, which was pounced on by Andres Iniesta.

The playmaker pulled it back for Messi who did not miss the opportunity and netted Barcelona a crucial away goal in the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Chelsea had been one of the 12 teams that Messi had faced in his career without scoring against, and one of two remaining in the current Champions League.

Messi’s drought against the Blues was not for lack of trying as the goal came on the 30th shot the 30-year-old had taken against them in his career.

The equalizer was Messi’s 18th goal against English opposition in the Champions League, by far the most of any player. Rival Cristiano Ronaldo is second with 11.
The goal also means Messi has now scored in 61 of his 122 career Champions League contests.

And should Barcelona advance past Chelsea, Messi may get another chance to knock a team off that list. Liverpool is one of that group, and look likely to be in the Champions League quarter-final round after a 5-0 first-leg win against Porto.