The spoils were shared at Stamford Bridge as Lionel Messi cancelled out Willian’s second-half opener to see the tie head into the second leg all square.
Antonio Conte got his tactics spot on but leaves the pitch looking a little disappointed with just a 1-1 draw. Willian hit the post twice in the first half but found a way through after the break with a superb low curling effort.
Chelsea were in control but a loose pass across the box from Andreas Christensen fell to Andres Iniesta who teed up Lionel Messi who scored his first goal against Chelsea after over 700 minutes of trying.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi finally opened his account against Chelsea with a 75th-minute equaliser to earn his side a 1-1 draw in a fascinating Champions League last 16, first leg duel at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Willian’s superb 62nd-minute effort looked like giving Chelsea a precious advantage for the second leg in Spain but they undid all their good work by handing Messi an equaliser.
The Argentine maestro, teed up by Andres Iniesta, struck a low shot past keeper Thibaut Courtois for his first goal in nine attempts against Chelsea.
As expected, Barca dominated possession but Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side were unfortunate not to end with a victory after Willian was twice denied by the woodwork before halftime.