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WATCH: Courtois error helps Messi to early goal

Spain Soccer Champions League

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


Lionel Messi does not generally need the help of lucky bounces and bad goalkeeping to find the back of the net, but got both within two minutes of kickoff at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea is behind 2-1 on aggregate after the Barcelona mega star started a combination play and deposited a deflected pass between the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a very tight angle.

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It was a goal the Belgian rarely gives up, and among the worst possible times for Antonio Conte’s men.

Could be a long, long night for Roman Abramovich’s club.

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