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Messi helps Barca beat Lyon to reach quarters


Messi helps Barca beat Lyon to reach quarters

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more as F. C. Barcelona reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a record 12th consecutive year with a last-16 win over Lyon.

Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday (Mar 13) and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.

Barca captain Messi opened the scoring with a "Panenka" penalty chipped straight down the middle in the 17th minute after Luis Suarez was fouled in the area, putting the home side ahead in the tie after a goalless first leg in France.

Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a perfect pass for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an open net and double Barca's lead, although Lyon hauled themselves back into contention with a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart.

Messi soon killed off any hopes of an unlikely comeback from the French side, however, carving his way through the defence to score in the 78th minute before toying with Lyon's back line twice more and laying off passes for Gerard Pique and then Ousmane Dembele to complete the rout.

Match stats

* Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League home games (W27 D3), the longest ever run in the competition.

* Lyon's goal was their 200th scored in European Cup and Champions League history, making them the first French side to reach that milestone.

* Barca have won all four of their Champions League home games against Lyon, by an aggregate score of 15-3.

* Lionel Messi has scored 62 goals in his 61 Champions League games at the Nou Camp for Barcelona.

* Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho has scored seven goals in his last 12 Champions League games for Barca and Liverpool combined, having failed to score in any of his first 15 appearances.

* Messi scored two and assisted two goals in a Champions League game for the very first time.

* Ousmane Dembele has scored in each of his last four Champions League games at the Nou Camp.

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