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Barcelona vs Lyon live blog, full-time: Messi shines again as Barça reach quarterfinals

Follow along as Barça play a huge Champions League game!

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-1 Lyon: What a win. What a performance. We really are saving our best stuff for the Champions League, aren’t we?

GOAL!!!! Barcelona 5-1 Lyon (Dembélé 86’): MAKE IT FIVE FOR BARÇA!!! Another counter attack, another Lionel Messi assist, and Ousmane Dembélé joins the scoring party.

GOAL!!!!!!! Barcelona 4-1 Lyon (Piqué 81’): IT’S FOUR FOR BARÇA!!! Lionel Messi carries the ball oun the counter attack and plays a genius cross to Gerard Piqué, who arrives late in the box and taps the ball in. Quarterfinals, here we come!

GOAL!!!!! Barcelona 3-1 Lyon (Messi 78’): IT’S THREE FOR BARÇA! Lionel Messi leaves two Lyon players on the ground with a simple shot fake, and he manages to squeeze the ball past Gorgelin to give Barça a vital two-goal lead.

GOAL, Barcelona 2-1 Lyon (Tousart 58’): Lyon are back in the game after a cross into the box isn’t properly cleared and Lucas Tousart finds a way to get the ball into the back of the net. It took VAR a long time to review, but there was no offside and the goal stands. Lyon only need one goal to qualify now, so this is officially nervous.

SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 2-0 Lyon: Let’s keep up the intensity and focus from the first half and finish the job, boys!

HALFTIME, Barcelona 2-0 Lyon: Dominant and attack-minded from start to finish. This has been the most impressive half of the season from Barça when you consider how important this game is. Awesome performance so far. Here’s hoping it continues in the second half.

GOAL!!!!! Barcelona 2-0 Lyon (Coutinho 31’): BARÇA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! Arthur plays a spectacular through ball to Luis Suárez, who finds himself in front of Anthony Lopes but decides to give Philippe Coutinho a tap-in, and the Brazilian doesn’t waste the chance.

GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Lyon (Messi 17’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!!! Messi scores a Panenka and the home team has the lead! It’s been an amazing start from Barça, who very much deserve the goal.

PENALTY TO BARÇA!!! Luis Suárez makes a one-two with Lionel Messi inside the box and is taken out by Jason Denayer. It’s so clear we don’t need VAR for this.

KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Lyon: Come on, boys! Please don’t give me a heart attack and just move on to the quarterfinals.



Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)

Bench: Cillessen, Umtiti, Semedo, Vidal, Aleñá, Malcom, Dembélé


Starting XI: Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal; Dubois, Tousart, Ndombele, Mendy; Fekir; Dembélé, Depay (3-4-1-2)

Bench: Gorgelin, Rafael, Tete, Pape Diop, Aouar, Cornet, Traoré

WELCOME TO A HUGE EUROPEAN NIGHT AT CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is ready for another memorable Champions League evening as Barcelona face Lyon for a place in the quarterfinals. After a 0-0 draw in France, things are still very much up for grabs in this second leg, and Lyon is a very dangerous team that will make this a very tough game for Barça. This should be fun (and also very nervous), and you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


Competition/Round: 2018-19 Champions League, Round of 16, Second Leg

First Leg Result: Lyon 0-0 Barcelona

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)


How to watch on TV: UniMás (USA), BT Sport 3 (UK), Canal+ Sport 1 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 1 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others

How to stream: B/R Live (USA), BT Sport Live (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), others

Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!

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