UEFA Champions League: Barcelona and Bayern complete quarter-final line-up

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Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another for Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona defeated Chelsea 3-0 and booked their place among the last eight for a record 11th successive season. 

The Argentinian opened the scoring after just 127 seconds at the Camp Nou, and then set up Dembele 17 minutes later for the former Borussia Dortmund striker’s first goal in Barcelona shirt.

Chelsea almost cut the deficit in half when Marcos Alonso’s free-kick struck the post just before the half-time.

Antonio Conte’s side struck the woodwork four times over the two legs of their round of 16 clash with Barcelona; on the other side of the pitch, however, Thibaut Courtois was far from his usual reliable self on Wednesday, as he was beaten three times - and it looked like he could have reacted much better every single time.

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Cesar Azpilicueta’s mistake midway through the second half led to another goal for Messi, who once again fired through the open legs of Courtois to put this tie to bed.

In his first outing since the birth of his third child, Messi scored both the fastest goal of his career and his 100th Champions League goal. At the same time, Barcelona extended their unbeaten streak at home in the Champions League to 25 games.

The record stands at 29 games, and was set between 1998 and 2002 by Bayern Munich, another team that has secured their quarter-final berth on Wednesday evening.

They had much easier job though, as 5-0 from the first leg of their round of 16 clash with Besiktas required a miracle from the Turkish side.

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Jupp Heynckes’ team dispelled any lingering doubts about their progress when Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the game.

Gokhan Gonul doubled the visitors’ lead with an own goal early in the second half; Vagner Love capitalised on David Alaba’s misplaced pass to pull one back at the one-hour mark, and substitute Sandro Wagner chested in Alaba’s deflected cross late on to register his first ever goal in the UEFA Champions League proper.

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday, March 16, at 1200 hrs CET.