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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Barcelona Cruise Past Lyon to Make Quarter-Finals


Ahmed Ahmed

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:54 GMT

Barcelona thrashed Lyon 5-1 at the Camp Nou to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. The first leg ended goalless in France a few weeks back and Barcelona needed a win since a scoring draw would take the French club through on away goals.

Lionel Messi's shot in the fourth minute was fantastically saved by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes 

Barcelona took the lead in the 15th minute. Luis Suarez was fouled in the area by Jason Denayer and the referee awarded a penalty. Messi chipped the penalty straight down the middle to put his side ahead.  

The hosts doubled their advantage in the 30th minute. Arthur's pass to Suarez split the Lyon defence open and the Uruguayan squared for Phillippe Coutinho to tap in. Anthony Lopes was replaced by Mathieu Gorgelin after an injury to Portuguese keeper. 

At the start of the second-half, Messi nearly added a third but saw his chip over the substitute keeper Gorgelin cleared of the line by Marcal de Oliveira. Just before the hour mark the Catalans failed to clear their lines following a corner allowing Lucas Tousart to pull a goal back for the away side.

Any hopes of a comeback were ended in the 78th minute. Messi picked up the ball and beat two Lyon defenders before striking past the keeper. A few minutes later the Argentinian star was at the heart of another goal The Barca captain picked up the ball on the halfway line before going on another run and picking out Gerard Pique to score the fourth.

The home side completed their clear victory in the 86th minute after another Barca break lead to Messi finding substitute Ousmane Dembele who rifled the ball into net.