Lionel Messi even managed to impress defensively during Barcelona 5-1 Lyon

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2019

Messi scored his second goal during the 78th minute, juking two Lyon defenders before driving a low strike that backup goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin managed to get a hand to but couldn't keep it from rolling into the goal. "It was a big surprise".

Messi finished with a brace, while Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele were also on target for the LaLiga champions after Lyon made it 2-1 in the 58th minute via Lucas Tousart. Heck, if Messi had been playing for Lyon last night, the outcome of the tie itself probably would have been very different.

"We're relaxed and what we have to prepare for is the toughest test possible, which is what's coming now in the final stage of the season". The Argentine opened scoring during the 17th minute of the contest, when he fooled Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes with a attractive Panenka penalty kick. "We spent minutes of suffering, [but] with 3-1 everything calmed down".

"We complicated things for ourselves at a set play because they hadn't done anything [until then]".

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Meanwhile, Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool for €160 million last January, has been linked with a return to England after seeing his place in Barca's side taken by Ousmane Dembele.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had warned his side of complacency after Paris St Germain and Real Madrid's surprise exits, and his words carried more weight after Atletico Madrid were knocked out by Juventus despite a 2-0 first leg win.

The 34-year-old levelled matters on aggregate with two incredible headed goals and then, in dramatic fashion, Juventus were given a penalty in the 86th minute when Federico Bernardeschi was fouled inside the area and Ronaldo nervelessly smashed in his 63rd Champions League knockout goal.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio added: "Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode".

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