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Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (agg 4-1) PLAYER RATINGS

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Chelsea 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Argentine opened the scoring in just the third minute before teeing up Ousmane Dembele to double the lead with a fine finish midway through the first half.

Chelsea worked hard after the break but any hopes of a comeback were ended when Messi broke into the box and drilled another shot through the legs of Thibaut Courtois.

Here, Sportsmail’s SAMI MOKBEL runs the rule over both sets of players. 

Lionel Messi (right) scored twice as Barcelona beat Chelsea 3-0 on Wednesday evening

Barcelona (4-4-2)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6.5 

Made a couple of crucial blocks as Chelsea searched for a route back. 6.5

Sergi Roberto – 6.5 

Kept busy by the interchanging Hazard and Willian. Uneasy at times. Booked. 

Gerard Pique – 7

Marshalled the defence with the sort of aplomb we’ve come to expect. 

Samuel Umtiti – 7.5

Stood firm in the face of some menacing Chelsea attacks. 

Jordi Alba – 6.5 

Pace to burn down the left. He needed it to deal with Chelsea’s pacy out wide. 

Ivan Rakitic – 7

Neat and compact in the Barca engine room. Classy footballer. 

Sergio Busquets – 7

Doesn’t look a footballer with his gangly frame. But he is. A very good one at that. 

Ousmane Dembele – 8

Stunning finish to put Barca 2-0 ahead. His Nou Camp career is gaining momentum. 

Andres Iniesta – 7

His legs aren’t quite what they were, but still oozes utter brilliance. 

Lionel Messi – 9

Mind blowing. Scores two, makes another. The best on the planet bar none. 

Argentine Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game at the Nou Camp

Argentine Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game at the Nou Camp

Luis Suarez – 6.5

Had a better nights, but was a thorn in Chelsea’s side nonetheless. 

Subs: Paulinho (Iniesta 56); Gomes (Busquets 61); Vidal (Dembele 67)

Not used: Cillessen, Paco Alcocer, Digne, Vermaelen.

Ernesto Valverde – 8

His side had to see out some uncomfortable moments. That may please him more than anything else. 

Chelsea (3-4-3)

Thibault Courtois – 5

Will have nightmares about last night. Near-post. Nutmeg. Disaster. 

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5

Made to look silly by Messi in lead up to Barca’s second. Easily done. 

Andreas Christensen – 6

Another bamboozled by the Barca’s magician and looked tentative on a daunting night. 

Antonio Rudiger – 6.5

Rugged defending from the German. Needed eyes at the back of his head but kept at it. 

Victor Moses – 6.5

Had a few promising forays into Barca attacking third but lacked conviction. 

Cesc Fabregas – 6.5

Back in Catalonia, the playmaker couldn’t put his stamp on proceedings. 

Ngolo Kante – 7

Gave as good as he got in his battles with Rakitic and Busquets. 

Marcos Alonso – 7

An all-action display. Unlucky his well executed free-kick rattled off the post. 

Willian – 7.5

Impressed in the first leg and impressed again last night. Deserved more from the game. Booked. 

Olivier Giroud – 6

Preferred to Alvaro Morata and the France international made his presence known. Booked. 

Eden Hazard – 7.5

Left a loser but caused Barca huge problems in the Nou Camp. Real Madrid, take note. 

Subs: Morata (for Giroud 67); Zappacosta (for Moses (67)

Not used: Caballero, Pedro, Bakayoko, Cahill, Palmieri

Antonio Conte – 7

Chelsea were eliminated, but his team gave it one hell of a go. Should be proud. 

Referee: Damir Skomina – 6.5

Refused to award Chelsea a potentially match-changing penalty. Replays suggest got it just about right. 

Attendance: 97,183

Man of the Match: Messi



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