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Five Star Barcelona Demolish Lyon To Set New Champions League Record

Barcelona put up a magnificent performance to defeat Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at Camp Nou to reach the quarterfinal of the Champions League for a twelve consecutive time.

The Blaugrana who had played a goalless draw in the first leg last three weeks were inspired by their captain, Lionel Messi, who scored a brace and provided two assists as they became the first team to record 30 home victory in Champions League history.

A lively atmosphere at the Camp Nou greeted both teams as they stepped out of the tunnel to the pitch with Lyon hoping to pull a shocker having failed to reach the quarterfinal of the Champions League since the 2009-2010 season when they defeated Real Madrid 2-1 on aggregate to reach the quarterfinal.

Barcelona in their trademark took control of the game and it was Lionel Messi, who broke the deadlock just 18 minutes of play after Lyon player, Jason Denayer, tripped on Luis Suarez in the box.

The Blaugrana doubled their lead through Philippe Coutinho in the 31st minute as he tapped in a pass from Luis Suarez before the interval.

Lyon was not going to give up too cheaply, as they resumed the second half, hoping to cause an upset for Barcelona and in the 58th minute, their effort paid off with Lucas Tousart pulling one back.

The goal scored by Lyon was a shot in the arm for Barcelona who mounted more pressure to avoid the visitors levelling the score as Messi completed his brace for the night before providing assists for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the routing and seal their place in the last eight.

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