Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Lyon draws 0-0 with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

Lyon draws 0-0 with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

Barcelona will hope to make home advantage count in the return after Lionel Messi and his team-mates drew a blank in Lyon on Tuesday, the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie ending in a goalless stalemate.

The remarkable goal-drought of FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not something to worry about according to his head coach Ernesto Valverde.

Lyon's performances against Manchester City in the group stage prove they can compete with mighty Barcelona in Tuesday's Champions League clash, says coach Bruno Genesio.

Umtiti is unlikely to start the first leg against his former club but his availability is a plus for coach Ernesto Valverde, with hard fixtures to come.

After failing to find the net in Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Suarez has now gone a staggering one thousand two hundred and fifty-three days (1,253) without scoring an away goal in the UEFA Champions League; as pointed out by Ben Hayward of the Evening Standard.

Lyon could even have taken the lead if it were not for a splendid Mac Andre ter Stegen save in the first half when the German tipped a ferocious Marc Terrier shot onto his crossbar.

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Barcelona's Clement Lenglet (left) tussles with Lyon's Memphis Depay.

He lacked sharpness and speed of thought in Lyon, spurning Barca's clearest chance in the second half and frequently losing possession, interrupting Barca's flow on a night when they had 25 shots on goal but only hit the target five times.

Messi missed a chance to win it with a free kick from scoring range in the final minute of regulation. "Despite 25 shots in Lyon, they left empty handed". On one of those, Suarez finally found some room to turn in the penalty area, but impressive defender Leo Dubois nipped in to block his shot.

Messi was uncharacteristically off the mark from deadball situations, while strike partner Suarez continued his woeful form away from home in the competition.

Lopes cut out a risky Alba cross, saved from Coutinho and narrowed the angle when Messi ran onto Suarez's pass.

He added: "I am not happy with the result, but I am happy with the performance and with what we created". "We have the ability to go far".

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