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Barca hammer Lyon, enter Champions League quarters

IANS  |  Barcelona 

FC recorded a 5-1 victory on aggregate over in round-of-16 action.

After settling for a scoreless draw in last month's first leg, clinched a quarter-final berth in Europe's club competition with a 5-1 win in front of their home fans at on Wednesday night.

The Catalans were locked in from the outset against the side and got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute after was called for a highly questionable foul on Luis Suarez in the area, reports news.

stepped up to the 12-yard-mark and opted for a Panenka penalty conversion, lobbing the ball into the middle of the goal as keeper dove out of position to his left.

The situation became more dire for the French club in the 31st minute when Suarez received a pass just outside the area, split two defenders and then passed to an unmarked for a goal into an empty net.

Lopes, who had made several outstanding saves in the February 19 first leg at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, then was forced to leave the field in the 34th minute after he was injured in a collision with Coutinho.

His replacement, Mathieu Gorgelin, got off to great start by denying Messi in a one-on-one opportunity late in the first half.

He then got some help from a team-mate after the intermission when a chip shot by the Argentine superstar went over the keeper's before being cleared away on the goal line by defender

finally started applying some pressure at the other end of the field in the ensuing minutes and were rewarded when took advantage of a poor clearance by and sent a right-footed shot inside the near post past a diving ter Stegen in minute 58.

The goal was allowed to stand after a review by the video referee (VAR).

The visitors briefly looked as if they might score the equalizer, with attacking putting a scare into the home fans with a shot just over the crossbar.

But Messi proved to be the difference yet again, receiving the ball in space on a counter-attack in the 78th minute, leaving a pair of defenders in knots with his uncanny dribbling and firing a shot that tipped off of Gorgelin's hand and slowly rolled just inside the left upright to make the score 3-1.

He then turned the contest into a rout with a pair of assists on counter-attack plays.

The first came on a cross inside the box past several defenders that Pique turned into a close-range score in the 80th minute and the second on a pass to second-half substitute Ousmane Dembele, who managed to stay onside before curving a right-footed shot past Gorgelin six minutes later.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 09:30 IST
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