Messi leads demolition of Lyon to take Barca to Champions League quarters

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Following his brace in FC Barcelona's win over Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, superstar Lionel Messi reached yet another terrific personal milestone.

The Brazilian playmaker finished a slick move involving compatriot Arthur and former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez just after the half-hour mark, as Messi's double and goals from Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele clinched a resounding victory.

"We always knew it would be like this".

Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.

"Luckily we then got the third goal".

The injury means Dembele is likely to miss the crunch La Liga clash against rivals Atletico Madrid on April 6th as well as the club's Champions League quarter-final first leg encounter on April 9/10.

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The Brazilian brushed off talk of a summer exit for now, though, saying his focus is on Sunday's game against Real Betis as Barca continue to compete on three fronts.

Barca looked unsettled for a brief period after Tousart's goal had put Lyon one goal away from knocking the Catalans out, and the home side defended with an air of panic.

Messi opened the scoring with an audacious panenka penalty in the 18th minute, before striking a second time in the 78th minute.

But Messi soon eased their nerves, toying with Lyon's defence before releasing a shot too powerful for Gorgelin to stop.

"We have to concede they were better than us. We have to prepare ourselves for a tough challenge". "He has instinctive talent". He did the same things he does today but 20 years younger because he was born a genius.

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