Relentless Messi leads demolition: Lionel Messi benefit the exaggeration to the fore two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League accepted by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at habitat vis–vis Wednesday (March 13) and advancing by the same scoreline regarding aggregate.
Barca captain Messi opened the scoring bearing in mind a “Panenka” penalty chipped straight the length of the center in the 17th minute after Luis Suarez was fouled in the place, putting the burning side ahead in the tie after a goalless first leg in France.
Suarez as well as rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay upon a unlimited accumulation for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an door net and double Barca’s gain, although Lyon hauled themselves in front into contention later a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart.
Messi soon killed off any hopes of an unlikely comeback from the French side, however, carving his habit through the defence to score in the 78th minute back toying following Lyon’s gain heritage twice more and laying off passes for Gerard Pique and later Ousmane Dembele to unqualified the eradicate.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had warned his side of complacency after Paris St Germain and Real Madrid’s incredulity exits, and his words carried more weight after Atletico Madrid were out cold by Juventus despite a 2-0 first leg win.
His side were in a more vulnerable outlook of view as a score pull would have sent them out, and they began the game as if they meant matter, considering Messi firing an to the fore shot which Lopes had to inflection away for a corner.
Lyon’s Lopes had to be taken off insulted detached in the first half, supervision away the sports ground in tears after taking a blow to the outlook, taking into consideration than Mathieu Gorgelin replacing him and making his Champions League debut.
Barca looked unsettled for a brief time after Tousart’s tilt had put Lyon one try away from knocking the Catalans out, and the house side defended in the middle of an look of agitation.
But Messi soon eased their nerves, and they reached the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the 12th consecutive season and will be Spain’s without help representatives in Friday’s quarter-conclusive magnetism.