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Barca reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Lyon


Barca reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Lyon

Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday with a double from Lionel Messi and goals from Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Liverpool also reached the quarter-finals after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 as a visitor.

The Catalan team opened the scoreboard at 17 minutes when Messi scored a penalty after the referee blew a foul on Luis Suarez that the television images showed was not, as the Uruguayan stepped on the Lyon player who scored.

Coutinho put the 2-0 to the 31 to pass of Suarez so that the Barca went calm to the rest.

Lucas Tousard reduced the distance for the visitors to 58, but a burst of goals from Messi, Pique and Dembele at 78, 80 and 86 minutes sentenced the tie.

“Even before 2-1, our chances were clearer. We’ve had more opportunities to be calmer, but in the Champions League you can never be,” said after the game Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “We made an extraordinary first half, dominating the whole game. They squeezed in the second, came the 2-1”

With the win, Barcelona reached the quarterfinals for the twelfth consecutive season and will be the only Spanish representative in the draw on Friday. In addition, he added his 30th consecutive home game without losing by the tournament, a streak in which he has won 27 games and tied three.

In the other match of the day, Sadio Mane scored a brace to put Liverpool in the top eight with an aggregate score of 3-1.

The attacker opened the scoring after 26 minutes, but Bayern equalised at 39 when Joel Matip scored on his own.

Defender Virgil van Dijk again put the English team ahead at 69, and Mane defined the play-off at 84 with a header.

Liverpool, who lost the final to Real Madrid last season, became the fourth English team to qualify for the next round, alongside Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The other qualifiers are Porto, Juventus and Ajax.