34 min. : Busquets flutters near Messi's free kick. Lenglet tries to break in but, under pressure from Denayer, only manages to nod over the bar.
33 minutes : Suarez performs a 1: 2 in the box with Dembélé and is pushed back by Dubois from the area … who then pushes him and gets a booking. Free kick to Barça on the left.
30 minutes : Beautiful game of the hosts. Ndombele is again heavily engaged before Depay slides off a nice pass to Dembélé, opening the fire from the box edge. but Piqué slips in to form a critical block.
28 minutes : Lyons good magic continues. They push Barça back with some very skillful passages … until Depay is overwhelmed and tries to beat the ball to Dembélé.
26 min. : A good move from Lyon – orchestrated by Ndombele – relieves the pressure and lets the hosts spend some time in the other half. Mendy joins the attack and races past Sergi Roberto before being knocked down. Free kick to Lyon on the left.
24 min : Messi bubbles in a corner. Mendy leads him away from the nearby post office.
21 mins : Barça rips forward again. Every time they get the ball they break into Lyon and it starts to look ominous for the French side. However, they have so far been spared Barça's unfamiliar dry finishing. Dembele gave another example and blew the ball into the stands when Suarez called for a pass in front of the goal.
19 min. : O Dembele turns Dubois left. Lopes prevents him from finishing the run with a goal, which means a good 1: 1-goal from the left.
17 min. : After a nice setup, Alba draws a pass from the left for Messi, who has a clear shot from 14 meters. But he raises his shot far over the bar. A mistake in the basic technique of Messi, who can not quite believe it.
15 minutes : Sergi Roberto drives Rakitic on the edge of the pits. The Croatian is aiming for a gentle curler in the far corner … but he drifts slightly far.
14 min. : After a nice passing sequence through Lyon, Depay spoils himself and is expropriated almost halfway from Messi, who immediately moves forward occurs to try to impose maximum punishment. The defense of Lyon is sufficient to block his shot from 20 meters.
12 min. : M. Dembélé condemns O. Dembélé. Messi curls in the free kick from the left. Marcelo's head is not clear. O. Dembele picks him up at the edge of the box, but the shot drops.
9 min. : Terrier comes in from the left and collects a Relax in front of Dembele before you trigger an absolutely cruel shot from 25 yards! And Ter Stegen makes a wonderful one-hand save! It was a feat to achieve but it was even more impressive to have the power to push the shot onto the crossbar. And then he got up and dreamed the rebound before Dembele could reach him.
8 mins : It was a great start, with Barcelona looking particularly dynamic. It looks like they are trying to subdue the early doors of their hosts. What is not to say that Lyon was dominated.
6 min : Ordering Question: I should have previously mentioned that Var is in use today and will be in all games for the remainder of the contest. I was reminded by the referee, who just reminded the players that he was told by a TV movement that they can not get away with a push or a push in the corner.
5 min : This is better from Aouar! His rippling low shot from the edge of the terrain forces Ter Stegen to push him back for a corner.
5 min. : Messi pushes the free kick over the wall and a few meters above the bar. The local crowd exhales.
4 min. : Barça's press pays off: Sergi Roberto deprives Aouar of midfield and feeds Messi, who runs to the pits. Aouar chases back, but brings down the Argentinian from behind. A free-kick in the middle of the D, perfect in the middle …
3 min. : Lyon tries to urge Barcelona that his Barça building is disturbed from behind so play far.
1 minute : Lyon-Barcelona is ready! The visitors start … and shoot a shot after 24 seconds! Dembele passed the center-back to chase a pass over the top of Piqué and then let him fly from the left corner of the box. But he hit the bouncing ball a few yards from the distant post.
Whatever Mendy's injury is, it did not stop him from starting: let's hope he's fit enough to play the whole game.
The teams march to a tremendous noise and much coordinated flag waving.
Ouch! This could be a big blow for Lyon and those of us who were looking forward to seeing Mendy in the fight against Messi: The left-back was injured in the warmup and could be replaced by Marçal.
The atmosphere in the OL Stadium sounds pleasingly wild.
The surprise of Lyon is Martin Terrier, who plays on the left wing instead of Maxwell Cornet. This is a bit exciting as Cornet has been particularly good in big games this season, but the 21-year-old Terrier has been impressed lately (including Rafa Benitez, who was impressed to bring him to Newcastle).
"Denayer was phenomenal for Lyon and the only thing that needs to be seen is his flat header against PSG a few weeks ago," says Kari Tulinius, his pompoms "Every Lyon game I've seen this season has been phenomenal, I hope that's the way it is, have fun!" I suppose you've mainly seen their big games because, as I said It is sad that Fékir is missing, but we can still hope for top shows from Depay, Aouar, Mendy, Ndombele and Dembele: Lyon certainly has enough talent to disturb Barça who also has the ability to kill the tie today. 19659016] Updated
The last time that Lyon hosted Barcelona, they scored in 2009 (in a 1-1 draw) thanks to this masterpiece by the only real king of free kicks, Juninho Pernambucano. Watch 00:51 in this video and marvel at the utter confusion of Victor Valdés. There are gatekeepers who still have to wake up in cold sweat, thinking of what Juninho did to them (for more information about him, read this, if you feel like it).
Good news for Lyon, Jason Denayer has overcome his thigh problem and is so fit that he can take his place in central defense recently in top form.
Lyon : Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombélé, Aouar; Terrier, Depay, Traoré; Dembélé
Subs : Gorgelin, Marçal, Tete, Cheikh, Solet, Cornet, Tousart
Barcelona : Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Dembélé
Subs : Pena, Coutinho, Malcolm, Murillo, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena
Referee : C Cakir (Tur)
Hello and welcome to the last 16 games between two teams that were unbeaten in the group stage. You will certainly remember that Barcelona was at the head of a group that included Spurs, Inter and PSV, while Lyon finished second under Manchester City, despite winning over Pep Guardiola. Oddly enough, Lyon's home games ended in a group stage with a 2-2 victory: Barcelona would probably consider this superior today, as it would leave them as strong favorites to finish work at Camp Nou. On the other hand, they have a clear chance to take even greater advantage from this first leg as the suspension deprives Lyon of their sly playmaker Nabil Fékir.
Nevertheless, there are still good players in Lyon and the habit of doing their best against the best of opponents. And this Barça side is vulnerable. In fact, Barça have not won any of their last five away games in this competition, and in their last game – against Roma last season – they were overwhelmed. There should be opportunities for both teams today, and we can expect them to meet each other with enthusiasm. We are especially looking forward to the duel between Lionel Messi and Ferland Mendy, the 23-year-old leftist whom Barça appreciates. All in all, we made a potential sense of humor.