Lyon draws with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

Lyon draws with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

Lyon draws with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

'Let's see what happens in the Camp Nou but it's always good to go away from home and not concede.

The second half was lacking in intensity, as opportunities became more infrequent and Barca had to be content with returning to Camp Nou for the second leg on March 14 without an away goal.

Memphis Depay had been quiet in the first stanza, but he almost broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second half with a snap-shot that sailed inches wide.

Coutinho then had a powerful shot beaten away by Anthony Lopes, with the Lyon goalkeeper also frustrating Messi and Sergio Busquets as Barcelona dominated but departed without a potentially precious away goal.

"We are strong at home, but 0-0 is a risky result for the second leg", the Barça boss said, although he's confident the support of the supporters will push his team through.

Suarez could at least count on the support of his coach Ernesto Valverde and team mates after the game.

Messi missed a chance to win it with a free kick from scoring range in the final minute of regulation.


Ultimately the Germans will head into the second leg the happier of the two, even if it was an off-night away from home in the Champions League knockout stages for their star front man Lewandowski.

Although Lyon spent much of the half chasing Barcelona's slick midfielders, Barca's approach play too often broke down around the penalty area.

The manager also said that Coutinho may be played more centrally, while he is hoping that Luis Suárez gets back to his top goal-scoring form soon.

Barça has the best team, however, and will be expected to qualify despite all the problems they'll face against a really good Lyon team.

Lyon finished second in their Champions League group behind Manchester City, who they were able to pick up four points against.

Lyon's got their best chance towards the end of the first half when Moussa Dembele made a good run from the midfield and delivered an excellent pass for Traore who was unable to beat Marc Stegen.

Valencia's Italian forward Simone Zaza (L) vies with Barcelona's French defender Samuel during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Mestalla stadium in Valencia.

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