Messi mission on course after masterclass against Lyon

16 March, 2019, 03:47 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Barcelona players celebrate goal

Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.

"Cristiano and Juventus were awesome. I thought Atletico would be a lot stronger, but Juve were all over them and Cristiano had a magical night".

Elsewhere, Liverpool have landed Porto in the last eight and Juventus will be looking for more magic from Cristiano Ronaldo against Ajax.

The video started off with Ronaldo, 34, bouncing the ball several times in front of his one-year-old daughter - much to her amusement. However, a period of Lyon pressure in the second half saw Lucas Tousart score a scrappy goal and bring them back into contention.

"But, obviously, having players like Messi in the team makes you have another level".

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He said: "Wait for the draw, all the teams remaining are tough".

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 head before being cleared away on the goal line by defender Fernando Marcal. "The team has been consistent in all the competitions but the Champions League is decided by fine margins".

"He is the best player in the history of the game and he proved it against Atletico Madrid", Mendes said to Gazzetta dello Sport of his client.

The quarterfinal draw is on Friday. If the four-time winners of the competition are to triumph for a fifth time, then may the odds forever be in their favour.

The victor of Juventus' tie with the Dutch giants will play the victor of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in the last four of the tournament.

With the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez bearing down on them, it will be interesting to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's resurgent side holds out. Ronaldo's Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final.

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