The eight Champions League quarter-finalists are Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto and Tottenham Hotspur.
While we wait for Sid’s match report, why not read the great Danny Taylor on Liverpool’s impressive victory in Munich.
That was compelling stuff from Barcelona, whose rat-a-tat tiki-taka was too much for Lyon. Lionel Messi scored two, each involving a delicious bit of deception, and made two more. Lyon were in the game for around 20 minutes after Lucas Tousart made it 2-1, but Messi picked them off on the counter-attack with contemptuous ease.
Full time: Barcelona 5-1 Lyon
Peep peep peep! Barcelona swagger into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 12th consecutive season.
89 min Liverpool have made it a full house of Premier League clubs in the last eight. It’s only bloody well coming home!
GOAL! Barcelona 5-1 Lyon (Dembele 86)
Messi has made two and scored two. He leads another devastating counter-attack, running 40 yards before easing an angled pass to the left for Dembele, who sweeps a low right-footed shot through Gorgelin.
85 min Apart from a ten-minute wobble after Tousart’s excellent goal made it 2-1, Barcelona have been in complete control.
83 min Sergi Roberto is replaced by Nelson Semedo. Moments later, Fekir’s stinging free-kick is palmed around by the diving ter Stegen. Good save.
82 min There’s been another goal in Munich. You will not believe the clickbait!
It came on the counter-attack. Messi scurried 40 yards down the inside-right channel and clipped a low ball across the area with his right foot. It was missed by Busquets at the near post but ran perfectly for Pique, who backed up the play and slid the ball into the empty net.
That was just brilliant. He received a sharp pass from Busquets 40 yards from goal, turned and hared into the area. Then he dummied to shoot, sending Denayer and Marcelo off to attend to the wrong fire in the process, and came back inside to hit a low right-footed shot that went through the right hand of Gorgelin and into the net. He should have saved it, but the trick from Messi to beat the two defenders was erotica itself.
GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Lyon (Messi 78)
Another joke of a goal from Lionel Messi puts Barcelona into the last eight.
77 min Lyon make their last change, with Maxwel Cornet replacing the injured Ferland Mendy.
76 min The refere gets a warning from Busquets after giving a free-kick against him.
73 min A substitution apiece. Lyon bring on Chelsea alumnus Bertrand Traore for the disappointing Memphis Depay, while Barcelona introduce Arturo Vidal for Arthur. Moments later, Dembele heads Fekir’s free-kick a few yards wide. Ter Stegen had it covered.
70 min Barcelona have started to restore order after that ten-minute wobble. Messi combines with Jordi Alba and cracks a shot that is deflected over the bar. Before the corner is taken, Ousmane Dembele replaces Philippe Coutinho, who had a fairly poor game but may have scored the goal that puts Barcelona through.
68 min After a sweet short-passing move from Barcelona, Coutinho zips around Gorgelin and hits the side netting with a shot on the turn from a tight angle. It wasn’t a particularly bad miss as the angle at which he received Suarez’s through pass meant he had no choice but to go around the keeper and further away from goal.
67 min In other news, there’s been a third goal in Munich. Can you resist the clickbait?
65 min Lyon are suddenly playing with a bit of a strut. Fekir dives in the area, but play goes on. Mendy crosses to Depay, whose mis-hit shot on the turn bobbles through to ter Stegen. He slipped as he tried to take the shot. Mendy, the left wing-back, is having a minor stormer in the second half.
63 min This is Lyon’s best spell. Fekir, found by Depay, thrashes high and wide of the near post from the left side of the box.
62 min Barcelona were in total control at 2-0. Now they are right on the edge, though you’d still fancy them to score at least one more on the break.
61 min The goal is given, just 11 years after it was scored!
60 min They are still checking this in VAR towers. It might be disallowed for offside in the build up.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Lyon (Tousart 58)
Oh my, Lyon are back in it! A left-wing corner led to a game of head tennis in the Barcelona box until the backpedalling Tousart took the ball down smartly on his chest and hit a precise volley past ter Stegen from 12 yards. That’s an excellent finish.
57 min Mendy’s mis-hit cross is palmed over the bar by ter Stegen. I think that would have crept in.
57 min After some nice build-up play from Lyon, Fekir swishes a long-range well wide.
56 min Denayer, who gave away the penalty in the first half, makes a vital and almost entirely scabby tackle on Messi in the area. He missed with his attempted sliding tackle but his trailing left leg took the ball.
55 min “The best La Masia graduate of the last decade doesn’t even come from La Masia,” writes Harri Palomäki. “Arthur has been a beast in the midfield. Head up, twists and turns, quick decisions, immaculate custody of the ball. Now he seems to have added forward passes to his repertoire. The fella is 22 years old.”
He’s great. He’s such a Barcelona player. He’s almost a parody of a Barcelona player.
53 min Lyon are having an even share of the ball in this half. They don’t really look like scoring, however, whereas Barcelona literally ooze menace on the counter-attack.
50 min “I agree up to a point with Matt Dony that ‘player culture has changed’,” says Duncan Edwards. “The culture of flopping is precisely what I’m moaning about. But even in 2129 they’re not all at it, are they? Suarez stamped on the defenders foot and then chucked himself to the turf. If Matt actually believes any of the players I named would have done that then, well, I give up. VAR should have been used and Suarez yellow carded.”
PELE WAS A DIVER AND HE WAS ALWAYS DOWN. HOW MANY TIMES!
47 min: Marcal clears off the line from Messi! It was more charming play from Barcelona. Suarez played a fine first-time pass from the left to Arthur, who surged past the last defender and pushed the ball across the area for Messi to score. He stabbed the ball softly over Gorgelin with the outside of his left foot, but Marcal charged back to hook it off the line.
47 min “Hi Rob,” says Geoff Wignall. “I can remember seeing Best take a dive, just the once; but it was from a Francis Lee tackle and he was taking the piss. (For younger readers, Lee was the most notorious diver of his era.) I don’t recall Pele diving though, unless to head the ball.”
There was one fairly well-known dive by Pele against England in 1970, I think, although I wasn’t born at the time so it’s up for grabs now.
Half time chit chat
“Is it wrong to say that pig-headedness has cost Lyon the game?” says Scott Bassett. “Their keeper clearly seemed unable to continue yet the medical staff did not insist that he come off, leaving the decision to the person least able to make that decision on the field.”
I wouldn’t go that far myself – the second goal was not his fault – but I agree that medical staff should be much stronger in such situations. I suspect things will only change when somebody continues and suffers a serious brain injury.
Half time: Barcelona 2-0 Lyon
Peep peep! Barcelona are strolling into the quarter-finals. They have been quite superb and could easily lead by four or five. As it is, Lionel Messi’s super slomo Panenka and Philippe Coutinho’s open goal should be more than enough. Lyon haven’t been bad; it’s just that Barcelona haven’t really allowed them to be anything other than shadow-chasters.
45+4 min Lyon have had more of the ball in the last 10 minutes, though they are still struggling to get anywhere near ter Stegen.
45+3 min Dembele is booked for a robust tackle on Jordi Alba.
45+2 min Mendy overhits a cross to Depay, who can’t be bothered to chase it.
45 min There will be six minutes of added time because of the injury to the Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes.
44 min A rare Lyon attack. Dembele’s snapshot from 15 yards is blocked. As you were.
42 min “Playing culture has changed, and referees look for different things,” says Matt Dony. “If any of the players listed by Duncan Edwards played today, they would, at the very least, ‘make the most of contact’…”
I can see both sides!
41 min A disgustingly good pass from Messi finds Coutinho in the area. His attempted backheel to Suarez is blocked by Denayer. But that pass from Messi, curled softly around the outside of the defence from the near the halfway line, was unreal.
40 min Busquets plays Messi through on goal. He tries to pass the ball low across Gorgelin, who plunges to his right to make a smart save.
39 min Barcelona have been majestic, slicing and dicing Lyon with their quick one-twos and sinuous movement.