Messi leads Barcelona to quarterfinals vs Olympique Lyon

FC Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Lionel Messi of Barcelona holds off Ferland Mendy of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at Nou Camp on March 13, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Two goals and two assists were more than enough for Lionel Messi to take FC Barcelona to the quarterfinals vs Olympique Lyonnais.

This Wednesday between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais was the perfect opportunity for the Catalan club to become the only surviving Spanish club in the Champions League, they were really going to need Lionel Messi to step up and deliver.

However, there were other key players who needed to appear in this crucial match because the Catalan club really needed all of their stars if they wanted to get through to the tournament’s quarterfinals.

The first half was basically on FC Barcelona’s side with a little bit of controversy, Luis Suarez appeared to suffer a foul from Belgian right-back Jason Denayer but the replay clearly reveals that the Uruguay international was the one who stepped on the young defender.

This play should’ve been reviewed by VAR but nobody tipped the referee about it, the penalty was called and Lionel Messi stepped up to the chance to score Barcelona’s first goal with a Panenka shot.

The Catalan club needed this goal in order to breathe easier, they started playing far better football after this initial goal and they quickly found a second goal thanks to a Luis Suarez assist to Philippe Coutinho.

With this 2-0 victory at Camp Nou and a lot of controversy due to the non-existing penalty, FC Barcelona went to the dressing rooms with this advantage and thinking that everything would be smooth during the second half.

But the ghosts of the previous three seasons were starting to come back, thirteen minutes into the second half were more than enough for Olympique Lyonnais to let their intentions known.

During a corner-kick, Lucas Tousart took advantage of a terrible mistake that Marc-Andre ter Stegen made and gave Lyon some hope after pulling one back for the French club.

This meant that one more goal for OM would eliminate FC Barcelona from the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season, it also meant that all the Spanish clubs would be eliminated in the Round of 16 for the first time in a long time.

However, we still had a few more talent displays from Messi during the final 30 minutes of the match.

The Argentine took a ball from Sergio Busquets with 12 minutes left on the clock, he made another one of his trademark individual dribbling showcase skills and scored his second goal of the evening at Camp Nou.

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It was 3-1 for the Catalan club and they had one foot inside the quarterfinals, Lyon surrendered completely after this.

Barcelona still wasn’t done with the talent showcase, as Gerard Pique scored the fourth goal thanks to a Messi assist with 9 minutes left on the clock.

The final minutes also saw how Ousmane Dembele came on the pitch and even had some time to score his own goal after yet another one of Leo Messi’s assists, a truly spectacular performance from the Argentine forward tonight.

We have only one Spanish club left in the quarterfinals after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s eliminations from the competition.

But the season is still far from over, FC Barcelona still has to see who they get in the draw and analyze if they are still good enough to win another treble while Lionel Messi is still playing his best football.

This Wednesday was a good test for them to pass, they really needed to get through this stage of the competition in order to gain a little bit of confidence that would get them forward in a very exciting season for them.

As we all know, the Catalan club already has the Copa del Rey final in their pocket, La Liga is pretty much decided for them as well, and today’s performance allows them to continue fighting for the Champions League.

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