Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

Lyon tried to force their way back into the tie with a second half goal which made it 2-1, but Messi wasn't having any of it.

Lionel Messi saluted Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts from the previous night after producing a superb display of his own in Barcelona's thrashing of Lyon on Wednesday.

There was a hard spell for Barça at 2-1 in the second half before Lionel Messi - who scored two and made two - wrapped things up for the home side.

"We played a great first half, then from a moment's distraction it was 2-1 and we had five or 10 delicate minutes", said Barca striker Suarez.

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On the penalty, which Suarez won following a foul by Jason Denayer, the Uruguayan admitted: "I stepped on him without meaning to and I think after that he destabilised me".

Messi's Barca could potentially face Ronaldo's Juve in the last eight if the two sides are paired together in Friday's draw for the next round, but the Argentine would not be drawn on who they would prefer to face in the quarterfinals.

The hosts pressed forward for more goals, but Gorgelin quickly stamped his ground to deny Messi's low shot on 42 minutes.

He continued to torment the visitors, gifting defender Pique a sliding tap-in with a lovely pass and then setting up substitute Dembele.

"We have to concede they were better than us".

"We are all very focused for this competition and Leo too, he has had an incredible match", Valverde said midweek.

"There was no anti-Messi plan, and it's so hard to defend against a player of his quality".

The 31-year-old believes that any of the teams left in the Champions League will be hard opponents for Barça. "Sometimes he is just unstoppable".

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