Messi Hails Ronaldo's 'Magical' Night Against Atletico

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2019

Heck, if Messi had been playing for Lyon last night, the outcome of the tie itself probably would have been very different.

"We complicated ourselves only in a set-piece action", Messi said.

Lionel Messi scored twice and was outstanding throughout as Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele also got on the scoresheet.

Lucas Tousart's effort pulled Lyon back into the tie briefly and Messi, who scored Barca's third and then created goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, admitted the Catalans nearly let things get away from them.

Messi opened the scoring with an audacious panenka penalty in the 18th minute, before striking a second time in the 78th minute.

No, Marcelo's soul was unfortunately stolen by one Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou, and the Uruguayan did so with the sort of nutmeg that we usually only read about in story books or hear about from our grandfathers who like to talk rubbish.

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"Luckily we then got the third goal".

With both Juve and Barca in the hat for Friday's quarterfinal draw, the pair of generational greats could soon cross paths - although Messi said the challenge posed by any of the remaining teams was a tough one.

Meanwhile, Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool for €160 million last January, has been linked with a return to England after seeing his place in Barca's side taken by Ousmane Dembele.

"I live for the moment", he added. "I am [just] happy with my performance today".

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had warned his side of complacency after Paris St Germain and Real Madrid's surprise exits, and his words carried more weight after Atletico Madrid were knocked out by Juventus despite a 2-0 first leg win.

"We are all psyched up for the Champions League and so is Leo". He's a genius and can do things that nobody else can.

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