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Champions League 2018: Results, Top Scorers After Tuesday's Round-of-16 Games

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Willian of Chelsea scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on February 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League round of 16 continued on Thursday as Chelsea and Barcelona drew 1-1 in the first of two meetings and Bayern Munich assembled a 5-0 lead in the first leg of their clash against 10-man Besiktas.

Lionel Messi scored for the first time against Chelsea in his ninth attempt facing the west Londoners and converted an all-important away goal at Stamford Bridge to cancel out Willian's second-half opener.

Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern took full advantage of Domagoj Vida's early sending off at the Allianz Arena, with Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman each adding to the scoreline in the second period.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the runaway leader in the Champions League's top-scorer stakes after netting 11 this term, at least four more than any other player in the competition.

Read on as we recap Tuesday's entertainment from the tournament's round of 16, complete with an updated look at the Champions League top scorers.

         

Tuesday's Results

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona

Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas

                  

Champions League Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid: 11

2. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool: 7

3. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 7

4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 6

5. Sadio Mane, Liverpool: 6

6. Wissam Ben Yedder, Sevilla, 6

7. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

8. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

9. Vincent Aboubakar, Porto: 5

10. Robert Lewandowski: 5

           

Recap

Chelsea may have been considered underdogs heading into Tuesday's meeting against La Liga leaders Barcelona, and their chances of scoring seemed stunted with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Eden Hazard instead started as a makeshift, malleable false nine alongside Pedro and Willian, and after a goalless hour, it was the Brazilian who whacked the opener low into the bottom right corner of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's goal, per writer Nooruddean Choudry:

Nooruddean @BeardedGenius

If only Barcelona had some sort of warning that Willian needed marking https://t.co/gEHhkNVQsm

Willian had previously hit the woodwork on two occasions, and even though it was the Blaugrana accounting for a major share of possession—almost 75 per cent, per WhoScored.com—the hosts hit first.

Chelsea had done a superb job of controlling Barca's attack and stifling their weapons, but a mistake from Andreas Christensen allowed Messi in to finally net against the west Londoners, per football writer Kristan Heneage:

Kristan Heneage @KHeneage

It has taken Messi 9 games, 730 minutes and 30 shots to score against Chelsea. [Insert random player who did it quicker].

Andres Iniesta steadied the ball expertly for the Argentinian, and Chelsea's clean sheet wilted under pressure, meaning Antonio Conte's side are now under extreme pressure to make an attacking impact at the Camp Nou in the second leg.

Bayern are not under quite as much of a burden and danced to a 5-0 win at home to Besiktas, although the early red card picked up by Vida changed the script dramatically, per Match of the Day:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

The two earliest red cards in the Champions League this season have both come from fouls on Robert Lewandowski. Sven Kums for Anderlecht (11th minute) & Domagoj Vida tonight (16th minute). Follow live: https://t.co/9wLpKxLCUS https://t.co/jP8J7qbOPD

Coman and David Alaba helped tee up Muller's first before Lewandowski played puppeteer to set up the former for a simple second.

Joshua Kimmich got down the right flank to cross for Muller to add Bayern's third in the 66th minute as manager Jupp Heynckes saw his men uphold a sterling record when he gets on the scoresheet:

Dugout @Dugout

In the last 61 Bayern Munich games that Thomas Muller has scored in, the German Champions are unbeaten... Looks like that run may continue! 👏🏻🇩🇪 https://t.co/HWjfEw6i8k

Lewandowski entered Tuesday's meeting outside the Champions League's top 10 scorers but edged in thanks to a late brace, the first thanks to a fortunate rebound before Muller set him up to grab his team's fifth of the night.

Besiktas have a mountainous task awaiting them in Istanbul for the return leg on March 14, while Barca will feel upbeat about their chances of advancing after securing an essential away goal in London.

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