Barcelona unlocks game with penálti doubtful before Messi 'open book'March 14, 2019
FC Barcelona have secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 win at Lyon in a meeting with the first goal of the Catalans.
The penultimated by the referee and confirmed by the video-referee – in a move that was the forward of 'Barça' Luis Suarez to promote the contact in the area – allowed Barça to unlock the match at 18 minutes and compromise the strategy of Lyon, defend with a low block and with the lines well together, in an attempt to repeat the null (0-0) of the first hand.
Messi converted the maximum penalty and started a quiet night in which he scored another goal and made two assists for goals from Pique and Dembelé while Coutinho scored the other goal.
From then on, Lyon, who had a nil in the first leg and was at a disadvantage on the undercard, changed their tactical positioning, seeking to climb the field and have more control with the ball, which left him more exposed to the balls thrown to the back of his defense.
With Lyon more open in the pursuit of equality, they took advantage of FC Barcelona to virtually 'kill' the tie, reaching the second goal in the 31st minute, in an assist from Luis Suarez to Coutinho, who caught the French defender unbalanced.
Three minutes later, the Lyon coach was forced to replace Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes by Mathieu Gorgelin, following a clash with an opponent who left the Portuguese 'KO'.
In the second half, Lyon were still able to scare FC Barcelona with a goal from Lucas Tousart at 58, who left the team to a qualifying goal but, in the final phase of the match, Lionel Messi made the difference and put Barça 'in the quarterfinals of the competition.
The Argentine scored the third goal (78) and offered the fourth and fifth to central Gerard Piqué (81) and the Frenchman Ousmane Dembelé (86), respectively, before a Lyon who never threw the 'towel to the ground', but was impotent to stop the speed and quality of the players of the FC Barcelona attack.
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