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OL, Barcelona all square at halfway point

Published on 19 February 2019 at 11:00 PM
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Lyon held the Blaugranas to a 0-0 draw Tuesday night at Groupama Stadium in the opening leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.


5'. Aouar tests Ter Stegen with an effort to the lower right corner.
9'. Terrier fires a rocket that Ter Stegen deflects against the crossbar 
19'. Lopes denies Dembélé from close range.
44'. Dembélé's attempt is off-target, but Lopes was well positioned in goal. 
45'. After a great team build-up, Terrier sends his shot over the bar.
53'. Memphis pounces on a loose ball and sends his effort just wide.
63'. Heads-up defending by Dubois as Suarez threatened inside the box.
65'. Lopes punches away Messi's shot at the near post.
70'. Suarez shoots wide with Lopes at his mercy.
86'. Lopes makes a finger-tip save on Busquets' shot from distance.


It was on the mind of every single OL player and fan since last December 17 - when Les Gones were officially drawn with Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16. Tuesday night's opening leg at Groupama Stadium lived up to the hype, although Bruno Genesio's side took a far more conservative approach to grind out a scoreless draw against a stacked opponent. With Ousmane Dembélé, Leo Messi, Luis Suarez leading the blaugrana attack, the home side made sure to keep them as far away as possible from Anthony Lopes' goal.  




That said, Lyon had arguably the best chance of the entire game: in the 9th minute, Martin Terrier fired a rocket of a shot that Ter Stegen miraculously deflected against the crossbar with a highlight-reel save. Following this initial scare, Barça got into a nice groove and threatened Lopes on numerous occasions, but Rakitic, Messi and Dembélé (15', 17', 19') all came up short when they had to chance to put the visitors ahead. 

The second half was even more tight, although Memphis got a nice look that he nearly transformed into the opening goal in the 53rd minute. But, truth be told, Barça had the bulk of chances in the second half. Suarez wasted the best of them all by shooting wide (63') when he had Lopes at his mercy. In the end, a 0-0 that keeps OL's chances intact ahead of the return leg three weeks from now at the Camp Nou.




OL played to a draw with the Blaugranas for the third time in history. Behind only Real Madrid, FC Barcelona are the Spanish club with the second-most official matches - all in the Champions League - against Les Gone, with four wins and three ties.   



OL Stadium, Décines.

Champions League (Round of 16, first leg) : OL – FC Barcelona 0-0 (0-0)

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR). Attendance: 57,889.

Bookings: Aouar (3') and Dubois (33') for OL. Roberto (79') and Semedo (88') for Barcelona.

OL: Lopes – Dubois, Marcelo (cap.), Denayer, Mendy – Traoré (69', Tousart), Ndombele (84', Cheikh), Aouar, Terrier (76', Cornet) – Memphis – Dembélé. Coach: Bruno Genesio.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba – Roberto (80', Vidal), Busquets, Rakitic – Messi (cap.), Suarez, O.Dembélé (67', Coutinho). Coach: Ernesto Valverde.



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