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OL exit Champions League with heavy loss to Barcelona

Published on 14 March 2019 at 6:54 AM

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Lyon fell 5-1 in their Round of 16 return leg against the blaugranas, who had an inspired Lionel Messi running on all cylinders Wednesday night at the Camp Nou.


4’. Brilliant diving save from Lopes keeps Messi's goal-bound shot out.
10’. Ndombele comes close with an attempt from distance
18’. Messi converts from the spot after Denayer is whistled for a penalty. 1-0.
20’. Dembélé's shot is deflected over the bar after a dangerous OL counter.
22’. Lopes is left groggy on the pitch for several minutes following a collision with Coutinho.
31’. Coutinho doubles Barça's lead. 2-0.
34’. Lopes can't continue and is replaced by Gorgelin in goal.
40’. Gorgelin makes a great stop to deny Messi from close range.
47’. Marçal clears Messi's attempt right at the goal line.
58’. Tousart pounces on a poor Barcelona clearance and pulls one back for Lyon. 2-1.
78’. Messi scores his second and restores the blaugranas' two-goal advantage. 3-1.
81’. Piqué gets his name on the scoreboard late 4-1.
86’. Dembélé puts the game away in the final moments. 5-1.



OL's Champions League dream ended in nightmare fashion Wednesday night with a 5-1 loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou, where Lionel Messi worked his magic to lead the blaugranas into the quarterfinals and send Les Gones packing.


Despite the one-sided scoreline, it was far from a laugher for a Barcelona side that needed an inspired Messi to move into the next round of the tournament. A possible VAR malfunction also benefitted the hosts, who were awarded a controversial penalty that La Pulga converted from the spot with a Panenka to open the score in the 18th minute. Moussa Dembélé almost got the equalizer for Lyon just moments later with a close-range shot that was deflected over the bar, but the visitors were dealt another blow shortly after when Anthony Lopes suffered a head injury after colliding with Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian doubled the lead for Barç,  and Lopes would soon have to give up his spot to Gorgelin in goal after showing signs of a possible concussion.

With so much against them, Les Gones managed to make a game of it in the second half thanks to Lucas Tousart's 58th-minute goal. But their hopes would be short lived, what with Messi restoring Barcelona's two-goal lead (78') before Piqué (81') and Dembélé (86') put the game - and the Champions League quarterfinals - completely out of reach.




Football can be cruel sometimes: OL's European adventure ended after Les Gones suffered their first and only defeat in the current Champions League event. Eliminated after this heavy setback in Barcelona (5-1), the Lyon had performed solidly throughout the competition prior to Wednesday's loss.  



Camp Nou, Barcelone.

UCL (Round of 16, second leg): FC Barcelona – OL 5-1 (2-0)

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL).

Goals: Messi (18’, 78'), Coutinho (31’), Piqué (81’), O.Dembélé (86’) for Barcelona. Tousart (58’) for OL.

Bookings: Marçal (33’), Dembélé (45+1’) for OL. Lenglet (49’) for Barcelone.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Sergi (Semedo, 83’), Piqué, Lenglet, Alba – Arthur (Vidal, 74’), Busquets, Rakitic – Messi (cap.), Suarez, Coutinho (O.Dembélé, 70’). Coach: Ernesto Valverde.

OL: Lopes (Gorgelin, 34’) – Marcelo, Denayer, Marçal – Dubois, Ndombele, Tousart, Mendy (Cornet, 77’) – Fekir (cap.) – Dembélé, Memphis (Traoré, 73’). Coach: Bruno Genesio.



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