CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Messi magic takes Barca to quarter-finals

Philippe Coutinho You never know what the future holds

Philippe Coutinho You never know what the future holds

In addition to describing Messi as a magic player, Diego Maradona praised Ronaldo's hat-trick performance following Juventus' 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid. After a scoreless first leg, goals from Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho in the first half gave Barca some breathing room though Lyon was just a goal away in the second half before the home side put it away with three goals in nine minutes.

Lucas Tousart's effort pulled Lyon back into the tie briefly and Messi, who scored Barca's third and then created goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, admitted the Catalans nearly let things get away from them. He scored once more, before teeing up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the victory.

Mane's second goal against the Germans was his seventh away from home in the Champions League and took him past the previous high of six, shared by Gerrard and Robert Firminho.

Not since Bayern's Wembley win against Dortmund in 2013 has a Champions League been won without one of them in the victorious team and there has been no sign of either of them slowing up in this season's competition.

Barcelona also stayed on course for a possible treble of titles. Coutinho has scored nine goals in all competitions this season - four of those coming in La Liga for the league leaders.

Coutinho was a huge success at Liverpool
Coutinho was a huge success at Liverpool

There might have been some controversy surrounding the actions leading to Barcelona's first goal, but that ceased when Messi got a grip on the game. Coutinho will shine if he's given time and be allowed to play his game.

Backup Mathieu Gorgelin denied Messi from close range before halftime, and Marcal hustled back to clear Messi's chipped shot before it crossed the line just after the restart. Amid the scramble, Tousart had time to chest and volley into the corner.

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

For 10 minutes, Barcelona were edgy but while Nabil Fekir lashed over, Lyon failed to step forward. Messi picks him out from nowhere and Pique is there to tap in at the back post.

The Round of 16 offered us with endless excitement, individual brilliance and most of all, chock-full of surprises, with three of Europe's biggest teams getting knocked out.

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