Messi's Chelsea jinx continues

Apr 26, 2012, 08:06 IST | AFP

Lionel Messi's scoring jinx against Chelsea struck again as the Barcelona maestro missed a second-half penalty which could have put the Catalans into the Champions League final.

With Chelsea down to 10 men and trailing 2-1 on the night, Messi was handed a golden opportunity to end his seven-match scoring drought against the Blues after Cesc Fabregas was brought down by Didier Drogba. But the FIFA World Player of the Year was left stunned as his shot crashed backoff the crossbar.

Messi distraught after losing to Chelsea in the semi-finals. Pic/AFP

Messi has now failed to score in eight matches against Chelsea in the Champions League. Barca’s exit from the competition means Messi will have to wait before he breaks the record for a single European Cup campaign that he currently shares with Jose Altafini, who scored 14 goals for AC Milan in 1962-1963.

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