Messi hails Ronaldo's 'magical' night for Juventus after Barcelona win

Sherman Parsons
March 16, 2019

Intriguingly, that means the possibility of a final between two players, Messi, 31, and Ronaldo, 34, who have defined their generation.

Lyon pulled one back in the second half when, after a goalmouth scramble, Lucas Tousart was given enough time to control a ball with his chest before finishing from close range.

Messi responded by scoring twice and adding two assists on Wednesday as Barca hammered Lyon 5-1 after drawing the first leg 0-0 in France last month. He scored once more, before teeing up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the victory. "Sometimes he is just unstoppable".

Coutinho had been whistled off by his own fans last weekend but was picked to start, preferred to Dembele who had just recovered from a hamstring strain.

The English defending champions were simply ruthless against a lacklustre Schalke defence and with players like Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling in top form, it won't be surprising to see City take long strides in the Champions League this campaign. After seeing his most recent come in European action, his performance was hailed by Ernesto Valverde. "When he is at that kind of level he is nearly unstoppable".

The Argentine began the game with serious intent, forcing Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to beat away a thumping shot in the opening minutes.

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Messi scored his second goal during the 78th minute, juking two Lyon defenders before driving a low strike that backup goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin managed to get a hand to but couldn't keep it from rolling into the goal. "I thought Atletico would be a lot stronger, but Juve were all over them and Cristiano had a magical night".

He then gives the toddler the ball - much to her delight - as she runs off gleefully in the opposite direction.

"We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time", Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.

"What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive", Messi told Marca.

Camp Nou has been a fortress this season, though, as they have only lost once there all season and they haven't lost there in the Champions League since 2013.

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