With a brilliant performance, FC barcelona has reached the quarter finals of the champions league for the twelfth time in a row. The hosts combined in front of 88.000 spectators at home in camp nou to a 5:1 (2:0) victory.
Lionel messi with a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Minute as well as philippe coutinho set the course for the progress already in the first 45 minutes, after the first leg had ended 0:0. Lucas tousart scored the first goal in the 58. The goal in the 78th minute was the final goal of the game, before messi again (78.) with his 20. Double in the konigsklasse, gerard pique (81.) and ousmane dembele inflicted the first defeat on the french in this champions league season.
Barca coach ernesto valverde continued to do without samuel umtiti, who is not yet fully fit, and winter addition kevin-prince boateng. For lyon, captain nabil fekir, who was suspended in the first leg, returned to the squad.
Barcelona took the initiative from the start and had the first chance after four minutes through messi. The pressure paid off after 16 minutes. Jason denayer fouled luis suarez in a very blunt manner, messi lofted the penalty into the goal in panenka style. Thirteen minutes later, coutinho completed the scoring after a superb combination with suarez.
Messi and suarez had more high-profile opportunities to force the decider, but they failed to beat substitute goalkeeper mathieu gorgelin, who had replaced the injured regular keeper anthony lopes after 34 minutes. Lyon, on the other hand, came dangerously close only once in the first 45 minutes through moussa dembele (20.) in front of the barca goal, which is guarded by marc-andre ter stegen.
After the change of sides, barcelona continued the performance of the first half. Three minutes after the restart messi had again the preliminary decision on the fub, but his lupfer was still scratched from the line. But tousart’s first goal of the season once again created suspense. After a few minutes of shock, barca combined to create more chances, which messi, pique and the former dortmund player dembele used to deserved success.
Barcelona fights against a black series in the quarterfinals. Since winning the konigsklasse for the last time in the 2014/2015 season, barca was always eliminated in the round of the last eight teams in the following years. Lyon has completely different problems. As the current third-place team in league 1, the team would not automatically qualify for the upcoming champions league season at the end of the season.