Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lionel Messi at his brilliant best to send Barcelona through

Lionel Messi at his brilliant best to send Barcelona through

The French side had no answer to Messi, who scored two goals and made two more in what became a clinical demolition as Barcelona reached the last eight for the 12th successive season. "It was a big surprise".

"In the second half, Lyon risked more, they pushed us up looking for the 2-1 that got them in the game, but our people in attack have finished solving the result". Heck, if Messi had been playing for Lyon last night, the outcome of the tie itself probably would have been very different.

In stunning fashion, Barcelona surged forward with a Panenka penalty from Messi following a foul on Luis Suarez in the 17th minute.

"We have to prepare ourselves for a tough challenge". "We spent minutes of suffering, [but] with 3-1 everything calmed down".

Bayern then drew level after Joel Matip inadvertently poked the ball into his own goal in an attempt to prevent the deadly Robert Lewandowski from getting a clear goalscoring opportunity.

"I want the team to keep going and for me to score".

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Doubts over Coutinho's future at Camp Nou have emerged despite only joining Barca from Liverpool in €142million deal in January 2018 due to his inconsistent displays.

The Brazilian brushed off talk of a summer exit for now, though, saying his focus is on Sunday's game against Real Betis as Barca continue to compete on three fronts. "Now it's about the next game".

It was old hat for both managers when they were asked about the exploits of Messi, who both had nothing but massive praise for Barca's No. 10.

"Barca head coach Valverde was pleased with Coutinho post-match amid his struggles this season".

Lyon's Lopes had to be taken off injured later in the first half, leaving the field in tears after taking a blow to the face, with Mathieu Gorgelin replacing him and making his Champions League debut.

Lyon coach Genesio added: "Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode". He's a genius and can do things that nobody else can.

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