Barcelona 5-1 Lyon: Lionel Messi scores twice as Catalans progress in Champions League


Lionel Messi is the 2d participant to attain a knockout stage function in 12 Champions League seasons, after Cristiano Ronaldo (13)

Lionel Messi scored twice and residing up two more as Barcelona reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a file 12th consecutive 300 and sixty five days with a final-16 pick over Lyon.

Treble-chasing Barca, who drew 0-0 within the principle leg, led when Messi chipped home a penalty.

Philippe Coutinho tapped into an empty receive from Luis Suarez’s unselfish pass ahead of Lucas Tousart’s volley gave Lyon hope.

Messi clinched the game with a flee and set up ahead of helping tedious strikes from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona will seek their quarter-final and likely semi-final opponents on Friday at 11:00 GMT.

Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, Ajax and Porto are their likely opponents.

Masterclass from magical Messi

The night after his outmoded rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to reductionJuventus knock out Atletico Madrid,captain Messi effect in a sensational efficiency of his hold as Barca joined the last eight.

He modified into as soon as sublime correct from the begin as he had a shot saved within the fourth minute after a proper Barca stream.

He opened the scoring with a cheeky Panenka-vogue penalty after Jason Denayer clipped Suarez within the field.

Barca appeared up to velocity when their two worn Liverpool players linked up for a 2d function, Coutinho – who modified into as soon as booed by his hold fans in Saturday’s pick over Rayo Vallecano – tapping home from Suarez’s pass.

At that stage the La Liga leaders appeared up to velocity, but Tousart gave them a dismay when he volleyed home after Sergio Busquets’ unhappy headed clearance.

However Messi stepped up when his crew wanted him, running 30 yards and stepping inner two defenders – at the side of sending Marcelo to the floor – ahead of firing previous substitute keeper Mathieu Gorgelin, who must hold performed greater.

It modified into as soon as the 31st time he has scored not not up to 2 targets in a Champions League sport. The Argentine is that this season’s joint top scorer on eight with eradicated Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

At that stage they started to intention back and Messi charged ahead from the midway line ahead of squaring it to centre-wait on Pique, who had reach ahead in open play buying for a function, to lope in on the wait on post.

And Messi picked out substitute Dembele, who positioned the ball by arrangement of Gorgelin’s legs, tedious on for the Spanish champions.

Messi has been fascinated with not not up to four targets in 5 assorted Champions League fits now, at the side of when he hit 5 in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

Lyon’s revival shortlived

Lyon misplaced goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to hurt after he bravely stopped Philippe Coutinho

Lyon, third in France’s Ligue 1, were coping with a troublesome activity from the begin and would possibly also had been 5-0 down within the principle half.

However they scored from their first shot heading within the right kind route, as Tousart took the ball down on his chest from Busquets’ clearance, leaned wait on and volleyed the ball previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

At that stage they’d probabilities to fling ahead on the away targets rule, with captain Nabil Fekir – wait on from the ban which dominated him out of the principle leg – firing extensive and Memphis Depay slipping as he shot.

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio bravely caused ahead Maxwel Cornet for defender Ferland Mendy and seconds later Messi scored the function to make a selection the game away from them.

To compound their considerations, they misplaced first-preference goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to hurt within the principle half. He had been injured in a collision with Coutinho, with play held up for 5 minutes as he received treatment. Lopes tried to play on but came off after conceding a function by the Brazilian 5 minutes later.

His substitute, 28-300 and sixty five days-outmoded Gorgelin, modified into as soon as making most inviting the Thirty sixth first-crew appearance of his profession, at the side of 18 video games at third-division Red Indispensable particular person.

He must hold performed greater for Messi’s 2d and Dembele’s tedious function.

Match stats – Messi’s 62nd home Champions League function in 61 video games

  • Barcelona are unbeaten of their last 30 Champions League home video games (W27 D3), the longest ever flee within the opponents.
  • Lyon’s function modified into as soon as their 200th scored in European Cup and Champions League historical previous, making them the principle French facet to reach that milestone.
  • Barca hold won all four of their Champions League home video games in opposition to Lyon, by an combination gain of 15-3.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 62 targets in his 61 Champions League video games on the Nou Camp for Barcelona.
  • Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has scored seven targets in his last 12 Champions League video games for Barca and Liverpool blended, having did not attain in any of his first 15 appearances.
  • Messi scored two and assisted two targets in a Champions League sport for the very first time.
  • Ousmane Dembele has scored in every of his last four Champions League video games on the Nou Camp.

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