UEFA Champions League: Messi takes Barcelona into quarterfinals, Bayern Munich routs Chelsea

Barcelona set up a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich after overcoming Napoli on a night of high VAR drama at the Nou Camp.

A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday  night for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the club into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the 13th consecutive season where it faces Bayern Munich.

The Catalans had a shaky start but took the lead in the 10th minute with a powerful header from a corner by Clement Lenglet before Messi scored a superb second in the 23rd, seeing off four defenders to curl the ball into the far bottom corner.

Messi had the ball in the net again soon after following a superb team move but the goal was ruled out for handball following a VAR review. Messi, however, later won a penalty which Luis Suarez converted for Barca’s third.

Napoli got one back when Lorenzo Insigne converted a spot kick at the end of the first half and was the better side after the interval but Barca survived to set up a mouth-watering clash with Bayern in the final eight in Lisbon next Friday.

UEFA Champions League: Bayern routs hapless Chelsea to reach quarters

Robert Lewandowski struck twice as Bayern Munich cruised past Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 7-1 aggregate victory and remain on course for a second treble since 2012-13 season.

The Bavarians, who won the domestic league and Cup double, quickly killed off the tie with a ninth minute Lewandowski penalty, after having won 3-0 in London in the first leg in February.

Bayern will be on an 18-game winning streak across all competitions as it heads into next week’s Final Eight tournament in Lisbon where it will face Barcelona.

Polish striker Lewandowski, with 53 goals in 44 matches in all competitions this season, turned provider to set up Ivan Perisic in the 24th minute as the host showed no lack of fitness despite a five-week gap since its last competitive game.

Chelsea, which conceded seven goals in a two-legged European tie for the first time, got onto the scoresheet with Tammy Abraham’s tap-in from a Manuel Neuer mistake a minute before the break.

Bayern substitute Corentin Tolisso restored its two-goal cushion in the 76th minute and Lewandowski headed in his second eight minutes later to make it 13 goals in the Champions League this season.