Except while they suffered they were knocked out and Messi, inevitably, inflicted the damage with two goals and a brilliant assist. He has now scored 100 times in 123 games in this competition and he reached his century by nut-megging goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. For both goals. The first, timed at 128 seconds, also happened to be the fastest the 30 year-old has ever scored in his entire, incredible career.
The result means that the five English clubs in the last 16 have been reduced to just two, with only Manchester City and Liverpool surviving. Not that Chelsea went out with a whimper like Manchester United. If it was not for Messi – an extremely big if – they may well have prevailed with Willian again their most impressive performer.