A great Leo Messi performance, and also a solid team showing, ensured FC Barcelona's classification for the Champions League quarter-finals, after beating Chelsea at Camp Nou (3-0).
Messi culminated a combination with Suarez and Dembele to score the opener in the second minute. Leo assisted the French talent in the second goal (20') and in the second half the Argentinian star sealed the match and the round with another brilliant goal (63').
Iniesta, who came back to the line-up after overcoming a hamstring injury suffered just ten days earlier, was once again a key player.
Barça’s quarterfinal opponents are to be decided between Real Madrid, Sevilla, Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus, Roma or Bayern. "The Champions League is always a motivation, it's very complicated but we're going to fight for it", Andres said after the game.
FC Barcelona managed an important and well-deserved victory at Camp Nou over the second-placed team, Atlético (1-0). A victory that could prove decisive in the championship outcome.
The 'blues-and-reds' were better and played to the attack from the starting whistle. And as usual in the big games, Messi sealed it with a fabulous free kick, unreachable for the visiting goalkeeper Oblak (26').
The sad new of the match was Andres Iniesta injury. The midfielder has a hamstring injury in his right leg.
Barça, who will visit the last placed team Malaga in the next round, have an eight point lead over Atletico and 'goal average' point.
Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona played one of the best games of the Champions League Last 16 first leg. The match, played at Stamford Bridge, ended with a 1-1 draw and therefore the Camp Nou stadium will be decisive to go through the next round.
It was a close and exciting game from the starting whistle. Willian was the man of the first half, after sending two great long-range shots to the post. But in his third attempt, at the second half, the Brazilian winger made the opener with a well-placed kick from outside the box (62').
But with a quarter of an hour left to play, Messi scored the equalizer after a brilliant assist of Iniesta, who previously stole a ball and dribbled Azpilicueta.
The second leg will be held on March 14th (8.45 pm).
FC Barcelona not only managed a hard-fought victory over Eibar at their home ground (0-2) but also gave an important step in their aspirations to winning the title.
After fifteen minutes of local domination, Luis Suarez received a long ball, then shimmied to the right of the goalkeeper Dimitrovic and somehow slipped the ball between the posts from the tightest of angles (16').
Eibar continued to attack and created a lot of good chances to clench the draw, but Jordi Alba sealed the game in the last minute.
Barça, who remain at the top position of the table, will play at Camp Nou next Saturday 24 (8.45 pm) against the revelations of the championship, Girona FC.
FC Barcelona were through the Spanish Cup final after beating Valencia in the semi-final. After the first 1-0 victory at Camp Nou, the 'blues-and-red' won the second leg again at Mestalla stadium (0-2).
Luis Suárez became a key player in Barça's win because the two goals were born from his boots. In the first one, the Uruguayan striker made a great personal action and his cross from the left side was kicked in a goal by Coutinho (49'). In the second one, he stole the ball to Gabriel Paulista and gave an intelligent assist to Rakitic (81').
Iniesta was again one of the most brilliant players of the game.
Barça's next and last Spanish Cup game will see them face Sevilla on 21 or 22 april. The stadium has yet to be determined.