Messi: We never gave up hope of goal

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says his team never gave up hope of pulling back the one goal needed to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League.   Andres Iniesta broke the Blues' hearts in the 93rd minute of the match with Barca's only shot on target of the match, cancelling out Michael Essien's ninth minute wonder-volley and sending the Catalans through on the away goals rule.   Pep Guardiola's men will now face holders Manchester United in Rome in a repeat of last year's semi-final, and Messi - who supplied the pass for Iniesta to score - was quick to pay tribute to the Nou Camp outfit's determination.

"We had a lot of faith until the last minute and we never lost our belief," he said in The Sun.

“The goal that they scored made the game harder for us. But the happiness is just incredible and so is the joy of the fans. In the dressing room there was a party and everyone was delighted.

“Hopefully, we can see Barcelona’s good football again. It will be a final between the two best teams in the world.”

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