Tuesday night's 0-0 draw in their Champions League Round of 16 opening leg against the mighty Barcelona keeps Lyon's chances of moving on in the tournament firmly intact ahead of the March 13 decider at the Camp Nou. The result was achieved in large part thanks to OL's defensive quartet of Leo Dubois, Marcelo, Jason Denayer and Ferland Mendy - anchored in goal Anthony Lopes.
Dubois, after an early booking, was one of the pleasant surprises of the match. Relatively quiet on offense, the former Nantes man nonetheless made his presence felt in the back, most notably with a crucial deflection of a Luis Suarez shot (63 ') inside the box. Marcelo, somewhat unsure in the beginning, got gradually stronger as the night progressed, winning virtually every individual duel against Barcelona attackers. Meanwhile, Denayer's stock continued to rise thanks to Tuesday's performance. Initially a question mark due to injury concerns, the Belgian center back forced himself into Bruno Genesio's starting lineup and put in a spectacular display - earning Man of the Match honors in the process. Mendy, who took a hit to the ankle during warm-ups, was stellar in a mainly defensive role dedicated to keeping the opposing strikers at bay. Finally, Lopes, having arguably his best season, made highlight-reel saves on Messi (65 '), Coutinho (76') and Busquets (86 ') to keep a clean sheet... and keep OL's chances alive and well with 90 minutes to go in the series.