Nigerian football fans at the Heineken viewing centres in Port Harcourt during UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona and Chelsea FC on Wednesday
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, football fans in Port Harcourt and Lagos were once again treated to a night of drama and thrilling football action at Sok Bar and Lounge, GRA, Port Harcourt and Ember Creek, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Both venues were transformed into premium Heineken UCL viewing centres for the simultaneous broadcast of UEFA Champions League matches between Barcelona and Chelsea FC, and Besiktas vs Bayern Munich.
The Barcelona vs Chelsea match has been one of the most anticipated and mouth-watering clashes of this season’s Champions League round of 16. Due to the prevalence of Chelsea and Barcelona fans in Nigeria, both viewing centres were already filled with excited fans one hour before kick-off. The visibly excited fans of the two teams, both past winners of the UCL title, trooped to the Heineken viewing centres to watch their favourite teams vie for a coveted spot in the Champions League quarterfinals.
The drama of the night started few minutes before the match; Lionel Messi was seen nonchalantly practicing a free-kick into the top corner of the net for his warm-up, while other players were pacing around the pitch. Little did many know that was a sign of things to come; that Chelsea was not going to have it easy during the match.
At about two minutes, eight seconds into the match, Messi scored the first goal. It was the fastest goal of the Argentine’s career. Disappointment was seen all over Chelsea fans at the Heineken Experience Center in Lagos.
Despite Chelsea‘s effort of matching the Spanish team on the field of play, there was nothing to show for it. At exactly 20 minutes into the first half, Dembele scored his first goal for Barcelona to end the first half 2:0.
Coming off a scintillating first half, Messi scored yet another goal in the 63rd minute, putting the Spaniards squarely in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
The game ended with a 3 – 0 score (aggregate score of 4 1). On its part, Bayern Munich mauled Turkish team, Besiktas 3-1 to sail to the quarterfinals with aggregate 8 – 1 victory.