Lionel Messi put in a master’s performance for Barcelona to secure a Champions League quarter-final berth with a thumping 5-1 win against Lyon at the Camp Nou.
Last month’s goalless first leg was not to be repeated as Messi opened the scoring in the 17th minute from the penalty spot with an exquisite Panenka, with Philippe Coutinho adding a second prior to half time after being released by Suarez.
Although Lucas Tousart sparked faint hopes of a second-half Lyon fightback when he bundled the ball in after a goal-mouth scramble, Barca were not to be fazed and didn’t wait long before Messi struck again after a brilliant solo run. The Argentinian maverick then turned provider, setting up Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele for easy finishes to wrap up the scoring and seal a place in the last eight.
Sadio Mane scored a superb brace to inspire Liverpool to a convincing 3-1 win against Bayern Munich and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Senegalese’s excellent 26th-minute opener gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a priceless away goal after their drab goalless draw in Anfield, but once again the action came in fits and spurts for much of the match.
Bayern equalised at the break due to Joel Matip’s own goal, but Niko Kovac’s side never really looked like they would deliver the killer blow.
Virgil van Dijk rose in typical fashion to head in Milner’s corner in the 69th minute, and leave Bayern with a mountain to climb, the Bavarian club needing two goals to qualify.
Mane again put paid to those hopes as he administered the knockout blow six minutes from time, turning home Salah’s sublime cross and ensuring that the EPL has 4 teams in the quarters.
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