NEWS
Thursday March 14 2019
POST MATCH: Five star Barcelona cruise into Champions League last eight

Barcelona fired a statement of intent to their rivals in this season's Champions League, with a 5-1 win over Lyon in their last 16 second leg at the Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde's side outclassed the Ligue 1 outfit to overturn a 0-0 first leg in France, with a brace from Lionel Messi and goals for Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.

The hosts started with real intent against Bruno Genesio's side, and Messi handed them the lead on 17 minutes, chipping home from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Jason Denayer.

Coutinho doubled the Catalans lead just after the half hour mark, arriving in the box to sweep home Suarez's cut back, as Lyon floundered after losing goal keeper Anthony Lopes to a head injury.

The home side picked up where they left off after the break, however Lucas Tousart offered the visitors hope, volleying home after Barcelona failed to clear a corner. 

Messi re-established their two-goal advantage 12 minutes from time, driving from deep and curling a home from just inside the area.

The Barcelona skipper then provided a pair of assists in the final ten minutes, as Pique and substitute Dembele put the gloss on a dominant second half performance for the 2015 winners. 

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