Messi stars as Barca whip Lyon 5-1

March 14, 2019
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round-of-16, second-leg match against Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round-of-16, second-leg match against Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a 12th consecutive season yesterday.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez ensured Barcelona were up 2-0 by half-time by earning a penalty converted by Messi and setting up Philippe Coutinho to score.

Lucas Tousart gave the visitors hope with a goal in the 58th minute after Barcelona failed to clear a corner kick, leaving Lyon one goal from going through.

But Messi scored again in the 78th before passing for Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele to round off the win.

Messi's goals were his seventh and eighth in the Champions League this season and took his tally to 36 in all competitions for Barcelona.

With the win, Barcelona set a Champions League record of 30 consecutive home matches without a loss that dates back to September 2013.

Barcelona also stayed on course for a possible treble of titles. They lead the Spanish league and have reached the final of the Copa del Rey.

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