Čech beaten by Messi for first time in seventh meeting

The Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech has conceded goals scored by four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi for the first time. Čech had kept out shots by Barcelona’s Argentinean star on six occasions while at his previous club Chelsea. However, in his first encounter with Messi between the posts for Arsenal, the Czech was beaten twice by him, once from the penalty spot, in a 2:0 defeat for the London club in the first leg of a Champions League round-of-16 tie on Tuesday night.

Author: Ian Willoughby