Until last night, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi had not scored in his career against Chelsea but finally broke the jinx with at Stamford bridge with his goal in a Champions League match.

It took him nine games, but Lionel Messi has finally broken through against Chelsea finding the net in the 75th minute to level the Champions League match 1-1 at Stamford Bridge and cancel out Willian’s earlier strike.

The game ultimately finished 1-1, with Barcelona having the opportunity to take advantage in the second leg at the Camp Nou on March 14. Chelsea had been one of the 12 teams that the Barcelona star had faced in his career without scoring against, and one of two remaining in the current Champions League.

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.

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