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Barcelona 5-1 Lyon: Lionel Messi double helps La Liga giants into Champions League quarter-finals

Lionel Messi: The Barcelona ace celebrates his double against Lyon in the Champions League
Lionel Messi: The Barcelona ace celebrates his double against Lyon in the Champions League

Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Lyon at the Nou Camp.

Three weeks after the sides battled out a goalless first-leg draw in France, Messi opened the scoring with a 17th-minute Panenka-style penalty, and Philippe Coutinho then made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.

Lucas Tousart pulled a goal back for Lyon in the 58th minute, before Messi added his second in the 78th and then teed up Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele.

While he could not match Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Juventus' triumph over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Messi certainly demonstrated his class in helping his team join the Italians in Friday's last-eight draw.

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  • Barcelona have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 12th successive season, last failing to do so in the 2006-07 campaign.
  • Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League home games (W27 D3 L0), the longest ever such run in the competition.
  • Lyon’s goal was their 200th scored in European Cup/Champions League history, making them the first French side to reach that milestone in the competition.
  • Barcelona have won all four of their Champions League home games against Lyon, by an aggregate score of 15-3.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 62 goals in his 61 Champions League games at Camp Nou for Barcelona.
  • Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has scored seven goals in his last 12 Champions League games for Barca and Liverpool combined, having failed to score in any of his first 15 appearances in the competition.
  • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored two and assisted two goals in a Champions League game for the very first time.
  • Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has scored in each of his last four Champions League games at Camp Nou.

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