Messi leads demolition of Lyon to take Barca to Champions League quarters

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Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Ronaldo scored two towering headers before converting a penalty to keep Juve's hopes of winning the European trophy alive, exactly why the signed him in the first place.

On February 21, Atletico Madrid beat Juventus in Wanda Metropolitano by two goals to nil.

"Ronaldo's an extraordinary footballer, but Messi is a genius", Capello told Sky Italia, per Goal.

A four-week absence would mean Dembele missing both legs of Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final, plus LaLiga meetings against Real Betis, Espanyol, Villarreal, Huesca and second-placed Atletico Madrid. "It was a big [shock] for me because I thought Atletico was going to be stronger".

It didn't take long for Messi to make an impact.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio added: "Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode". Despite facing off directly in two league matches each season, they also met several times in other competitions and were constantly compared, week in, week out. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday. Ronaldo's Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final.

A couple of goals tonight would put him well in contention to win the Golden Boot, although it will be silly to rule out Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns things on in the knockout stages and is now on four goals. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).

"We don't want to choose one [side] because they're all really tough", Messi said.

"There are big players who can not excel in important matches". It will be interesting to see whom the Blaugrana side face.

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