Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.
Barca captain Messi opened the scoring with a “Panenka” penalty chipped straight down the middle in the 17th minute after Luis Suarez was fouled in the area, putting the home side ahead in the tie after a goalless first leg in France.
Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a perfect pass for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an open net and double Barca’s lead, although Lyon hauled themselves back into contention with a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart.
Philippe Coutinho scored his first Champions League goal at the Camp Nou, where a Lionel Messi brace and strikes from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele eased Barcelona into the quarter-finals.
Barcelona were given a scare when Lucas Tousart scored for Lyon on the hour but the familiar sight of Messi swerving one way as opposing defenders fell to the turf traveling in the other direction soon restored order as the hosts ran out 5-1 winners.
Messi’s start-of-season promise that he would do all he could to make sure ‘this beautiful cup comes back to the Camp Nou’ is still looking good.
Lionel Messi was the star man on Wednesday night as he scored twice and set up two other goals in a 5-1 win over Lyon
Five-time European champions Barcelona booked their place in the quarter-finals by thrashing Lyon at the Nou Camp
Messi and Philippe Coutinho both scored in the first half to put the home side in a dominant position in the tie
Lucas Tousart gave Barcelona a scare when he hit a sweet volley to get visitors Lyon back into contention on 58 minutes
Star man Messi put Barcelona back into a comfortable position with a superb individual goal, scoring after a mazy dribble
Gerard Pique (left) and Ousmane Dembele then added gloss to the scoreline by scoring on 81 and 86 minutes respectively