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Wasteful Barcelona Draw at Lyon


Ahmed Ahmed

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:13 GMT

A wasteful Barcelona failed to convert 25 shots on goal as they were held to a nil all draw by Lyon in France. Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes was in fine form, and though. Lyon also had their own share of chances Barca keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was also at his best.

Barcelona started the game as strong favourites but were lucky not to go behind early when Houssem Aouar's low shot to the bottom right hand corner was saved by Ter Stegen in the fourth minute. The German keeper also pulled off a wonder save not long after, tipping Martin Terrier's fierce strike from 25 yards out on to the crossbar. The La Liga leaders grew into the game as the first half went on: Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets all wasted opportunities to give the visitors the lead before half-time.  

The second half began in similar fashion to the first with the French side on top. Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay fired wide, and as in the first half the Catalan side got stronger as the half went on. An opportunity fell to Luis Suarez just past the hour mark, but the Uruguayan was not able to get his first Champions League goal of the season. Substitute Phillipe Coutinho forced a save from Lopes, and Busquets also had an effort tipped over the bar late on as the away side were unable to find a winner.