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Good evening and welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Champions League last 16 second leg between Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou.

Barca come into the match with an away-goals advantage courtesy of the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last month, and they have lost just one of their last 47 matches in front of their own fans across all competitions.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with the Spanish giants, though, and their last visit to this stadium saw them claim a famous 2-2 draw which took them through to the 2012 final.

Make sure you don't miss a moment of the action courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.


BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Dembele, Suarez, Messi
BARCELONA SUBS: Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne, Gomes, Vidal, Vermaelen

CHELSEA: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Giroud, Willian
CHELSEA SUBS: Caballero, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Cahill, Emerson

The referee puts Chelsea out of their misery as their 2017-18 Champions League campaign comes to an end at the Camp Nou, where they have fallen victim to the genius of Lionel Messi?

The Argentine created one and scored two himself - including his 100th Champions League goal - to fire Barcelona through to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 3-0 win on the night and a 4-1 win on aggregate. Dembele also scored his first Barcelona goal, but tonight it was all about Messi. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!


90+2 min FULL TIME: Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (Barcelona win 4-1 on aggregate)

90+1 min There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this match.

90 min OFF THE BAR! Things may well have been different today had Chelsea also got the rub of the green. They hit the woodwork for the second time as Rudiger climbs highest in the area and plants his header against the crossbar.

88 min SAVE! Zappacosta looks to provide a late consolation for Chelsea, but Ter Stegen gets down well to make the save.

87 min Just three minutes of this match remaining now, but in truth it has been all over since that third goal - and both sides know it.

85 min CHANCE! Poor marking from Chelsea as Paulinho is left completely unmarked from a corner, but Courtois pulls off a good reaction save to deny the midfielder's header.

84 min Messi is now staying up front in search of his hat-trick goal, and you can't blame him. He has been the difference again tonight.

82 min CHELSEA SUB: Pedro will get a runout on his return to the Camp Nou, replacing Hazard to a brilliant ovation.

81 min Hazard again darts into a good position, but his final pass goes behind Willian and Barcelona are able to clear. The end product just hasn't been there for the visitors tonight.

79 min SAVE! Barcelona win a free kick which may not be in shooting range for most people, but of course Messi tries his luck. His effort takes a deflection off Willian on the way through, and Courtois palms it behind for a corner.

77 min Hazard makes a good break down the right as he latches on to Fabregas's pass before playing a low ball into the middle, but there are no white shirts within 20 yards of him.

75 min YELLOW CARD! Marcos Alonso goes into the book for a high boot on Paulinho while trying to block a clearance.

73 min Barcelona are now just knocking the ball about amongst themselves, waiting for Chelsea to chase it and come out of their position. The hosts are in complete control.

71 min A reminder that Chelsea need three goals in the final 20 minutes of this game. They have looked dangerous tonight, and certainly capable of scoring one or two, but this is too much for them to do now.

69 min Chelsea have actually probably been the better team for the majority of this game, but Barca have just been so clinical and that is what separates the two sides. That and the genius that is Messi, of course.

67 min CHELSEA SUBS: Chelsea also make a double change, with Davide Zappacosta and Alvaro Morata replacing Moses and Giroud.

67 min BARCELONA SUB: Barca make their third and final change of the match as Aleix Vidal replaces Dembele.

64 min Just like that, it is game over. Chelsea have been by far the better team in this second half, but suddenly their chances are surely over.

Suarez comes forward down the middle but then waits for Messi to join him. He pokes the ball into his path and Messi just makes it look so easy to coast past two Chelsea defenders before again firing the ball through the legs of Courtois. It is his 100th Champions League goal!

64 min Just like that, it is game over. Chelsea have been by far the better team in this second half, but suddenly their chances are surely over.

Suarez comes forward down the middle but then waits for Messi to join him. He pokes the ball into his path and Messi just makes it look so easy to coast past two Chelsea defenders before again firing the ball through the legs of Courtois. It is his 100th Champions League goal!

64 min GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (Lionel Messi)

62 min Alonso again pops up in the Barcelona area as they work the ball across to him, but Pique throws himself in front of the resulting effort.

62 min BARCELONA SUB: Barcelona are forced into another notable change here as Busquets limps off to be replaced by Andre Gomes.

60 min Moses wastes a good attacking position for Chelsea down the right flank with a poor low ball into the box which is blocked by Alba. Barcelona immediately break, but Messi's through-ball is just too heavy for Dembele.

58 min Barca have not been themselves in this second half so far. They have barely had any lengthy spells of possession since the interval and have been on the back foot - a dangerous game to play with so long left in the match.

56 min BARCELONA SUB: Barcelona make the first change of the night and Iniesta gets a rousing reception as he is replaced by Paulinho.

55 min We're 10 minutes into the second half now, and Chelsea have been by far the better team since the interval. They have come out of the blocks really well, but they need to find that killer touch in the final third.

53 min Kante floats a cross into the box which Alonso meets with a spectacular bicycle kick, but it comes off his shin. Alonso is popping up everywhere at the moment!

51 min This has been a really good start to the half from Chelsea, who have played pretty well tonight with the exception of the mistakes for which they have been punished.

49 min PENALTY SHOUT! Big shout for a penalty for Chelsea as some brilliant interplay between Willian and Hazard ends with the former playing a ball in to Alonso. The full-back finds himself the wrong side of Pique and goes down under his challenge, but the referee says no! It looked like a decent shout at first, but the replay shows that there wasn't really enough contact to warrant a spot kick. Giroud is booked for his complaints.

48 min CHANCE! Brilliant defensive work from Dembele, of all people! Chelsea break forward and find themselves with an overlap, but they always look a little hesitant and Giroud's final ball to Alonso is weak enough to allow Dembele to make a last-ditch sliding tackle. Not clinical enough again from the visitors.

47 min CHANCE! Mistakes cost Chelsea in the first half, and they almost shoot themselves in the foot again here. Courtois's poor pass gifts the ball straight to Suarez, but the keeper then redeems himself by denying the striker.

46 min KICKOFF: Chelsea get us back underway for the second half!

The first half comes to an end at the Camp Nou, and it is Barcelona who go into the break with the lead on the night and control of the tie.

The scoreline doesn't really tell the full story of the game as Chelsea have looked capable of scoring, but the hosts have been ruthless and have punished Chelsea's mistakes to leave themselves in command of this one.

45+1 min HALF TIME: Barcelona 2-0 Chelsea (Barcelona lead 3-1 on aggregate)

45+1 min OFF THE POST! Chelsea are inches away from getting themselves back into this match on the stroke of half time! Alonso curls the free kick towards the top corner and Ter Stegen is getting nowhere near it, but the ball clips the outside of the post.

45 min YELLOW CARD! Before it can be taken, Willian goes into the book for complaining that the wall is not the full 10 yards away.

44 min Giroud throws himself to the floor following a touch from Umtiti, gifting Chelsea a free kick in a very good position...

42 min Really good work from Willian again as he darts in between two defenders, but the attempted one-two with Giroud breaks down with a poor return pass from the Frenchman. Willian has looked bright again for Chelsea tonight.

40 min There have been a couple of signs that this tie is perhaps not quite dead yet in the last few minutes. At 2-1 suddenly the whole balance of the tie swings as a second goal would then send Chelsea through. The next goal is going to be pivotal tonight.

38 min CHANCE! Another big chance for Chelsea! This time Kante skips through a couple of challenges on his way into the box, but he then takes the ball off the toe of Fabregas, who is in a better position, and drags his shot wide.

37 min CHANCE! This is more like it from Chelsea! One goal back would certainly make things interesting, and they almost get it here as Willian darts down the left flank before pulling the ball back for Alonso. The Spaniard fires his effort straight at Ter Stegen, though, and Umtiti blocks the follow-up effort from Giroud.

37 min Iniesta does well to work space for himself to shoot, but he drags his effort well wide of the target.

35 min Barcelona are in complete control of this match now. Chelsea seemed ready, willing and able to fight back after the opening goal, but that second for Barca seems to have killed their hope off.

33 min CHANCE! Messi wins a free kick on the touchline and takes it himself, swinging a dangerous cross into the near post which Pique is just short of getting on the end of. Pique had got the wrong side of Chelsea's defence there!

32 min Azpilicueta has the chance to put the ball in the box for Giroud, who has barely had a kick so far tonight, but the defender's cross is poor and Ter Stegen claims it.

30 min Chelsea are on the ropes a little here. Barcelona are pushing for a third goal and they look more than capable of getting it.

28 min CHANCE! What a goal this would have been. After a lengthy spell of possession Barca finally find a way through the Chelsea defence again as Iniesta plays Suarez in. Courtois is quickly off his line, though, and is able to deny the striker from close range.

27 min Chelsea's heads didn't drop after that first goal, but they may start to now as Barcelona begin to play some party football. They are knocking the ball around beautifully at the moment.

25 min Here is that second goal for Dembele for your viewing pleasure.

The assist. The composure. The finish. Brilliant.

23 min YELLOW CARD! Sergi Roberto becomes the first player in the book this evening for a cynical foul on Hazard.

22 min That goal means that we can no longer have extra time tonight, and means that Chelsea need two goals without conceding any more. Hazard had threatened second before that goal, but his effort was well blocked by Umtiti.

20 min What a way to get your first ever Barcelona goal! Dembele opens his account with Barca's second goal of the night, and it comes at the end of a devastating counter-attack, with Messi again the inspiration.

The Argentine steals possession from Fabregas on the halfway line before getting his tow to the ball just in front of Christensen and Azpilicueta to send him down the left. He then takes his time and knocks a square ball across the box for Dembele, who takes his time before hammering a brilliant finish into the top corner.

20 min GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Chelsea (Ousmane Dembele)

18 min Barcelona have slowly begun to sap the fightback out of Chelsea here, taking control of possession and just knocking it about themselves. They are happy to slow the tempo of the game right down.

16 min Chelsea certainly haven't let their heads drop after falling behind so early. They look very up for this one, hounding Barcelona to win the ball back and then looking to get forward quickly.

14 min Here is that Messi opener - a stroke of luck, a goalkeeping error and a 99th Champions League goal for the maestro.

12 min SAVE! Ter Stegen is called into action for the first time tonight as Willian drills a low strike towards the bottom corner, but the Barcelona keeper gets down well to make the save and crucially holds on to it too.

11 min Chelsea will certainly be encouraged with their response to that early goal. Since Messi snuck the ball between the legs of Courtois Chelsea have looked much the more likely to add the game's second goal.

9 min This has been a really good response from Chelsea to falling behind, and they almost get in down the right flank here until Iniesta stops the move with an inch-perfect sliding challenge inside his own area.

8 min It is a new record for Messi! And an extension of his incredible record against English opposition too...

6 min Chelsea look for a quick response as Willian whips a free kick in towards the near post which takes a deflection off a Barcelona man on the way through before going into the side-netting.

5 min That goal is a huge blow for Chelsea, of course, but it doesn't really change their task tonight. They knew they needed to score here, and that is still the case.

3 min Oh it is a nightmare start for Chelsea as Lionel Messi makes it two goals against Chelsea - and it has taken only three minutes of the second leg!

Messi often makes goalkeepers look stupid, but Courtois really should do a lot better here. Barca get a stroke of luck on the way through as Messi's first attempt at a one-two is blocked, but falls kindly for Suarez, who then plays Messi in down the right channel. It looks like an impossible angle, but Messi sneaks it through the legs of Courtois, who simply has to save it from there.

3 min GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Chelsea (Lionel Messi)

1 min KICKOFF: Here we go, then! Who will become the final name in the hat for the quarter-finals? Barcelona get us underway at the Camp Nou!

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