Messi Shines As Barca Ease Past Lyon.
Mar 14, 2019 Sports 1944 By Afam Jude Offor
Lionel Messi scored twice and assisted two as Barcelona eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Lyon (5-1 on aggregate).
Messi converted from the spot (18) before Philippe Coutinho tapped in Barcelona's second just after the half-hour mark (31) to send Barcelona into a comfortable lead. Lucas Tousart pulled one back from close range to give the visitors a glimmer of hope (58) after the break, but a second goal from Messi and a further two from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele - both assisted by the Argentine - sent Barcelona through.
The night after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid, Messi responded with a scintillating performance of his own against a Lyon side who had no clue on how to contain the formidable forward. Not only was his penalty the epitome of composure, but he was instrumental in killing off any sign of a Lyon fightback with a second goal of his own before twice driving through the centre of Lyon's fragile defence to assist for his team-mates.