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First-half flurry seals Barça passage

Published: Thursday 12 March 2009, 0.50CET
FC Barcelona 5-2 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 6-3)
Four goals in 18 first-half minutes and a fine individual display from Thierry Henry helped the home team into the last eight despite Lyon's defiance.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou
First-half flurry seals Barça passage
Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o salute the crowd ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaLyon

Goals scored5
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners7
 
1
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed9
 
26
Yellow cards1
 
7
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 12 March 2009, 0.50CET

First-half flurry seals Barça passage

FC Barcelona 5-2 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 6-3)
Four goals in 18 first-half minutes and a fine individual display from Thierry Henry helped the home team into the last eight despite Lyon's defiance.

Four goals in 18 first-half minutes and a superb individual display from Thierry Henry helped FC Barcelona into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Olympique Lyonnais despite a defiant performance from the French champions.

Decisive spell
Henry, who had worked with Lyon coach Claude Puel at AS Monaco FC, put the home team in front in the 25th minute and added another composed finish two minutes later as the visitors were punished for lapses in concentration. After Lionel Messi made it 3-0, Henry set up Samuel Eto'o to thump in a fourth, although Lyon – beaten in the first knockout round for the third year in a row – refused to concede defeat, Jean II Makoun and Juninho Pernambucano restoring respectability to the scoreline with strikes either side of half-time. The latter was sent off in stoppage time, however, and appropriately Barcelona had the last word as substitute Seydou Keita scored a fifth in added time.

Lyon undone
The opening goals had carried plenty of warning but the roars which greeted them signified both joy and relief because Puel's side had played with enthusiasm to keep Barça at bay. After the creativity of Andrés Iniesta had given Xavi Hernández and Eto'o glimpses of Hugo Lloris's goal, once again it was Henry – author of the vital headed equaliser in the first leg – who unlocked the away defence. The opener bore the creative hallmark of Rafael Márquez. Lyon, having been encamped in their penalty area for several minutes, suddenly lost their defensive shape and surged forward. Márquez won a loose ball and instantly angled a clever chipped pass over Cris and Jean-Alain Boumsong for Henry to streak through and slide past the exposed Lloris. Two minutes later Xavi spotted the Frenchman alone and in line with the Lyon back four; speed of thought and pass left Henry to supply another assured finish. Suddenly Barça's path to the quarter-finals looked clear.

Goal flurry
Three more goals arrived before the break, with Messi netting in the 40th minute after cutting in from the right to play a clever one-two with Eto'o and curl in a fine left-foot finish. Henry then provided a low square pass that Cris failed to intercept and Eto'o drilled an unstoppable drive into the top corner. A shell-shocked Lyon at least ended a chastening first half on a positive note, Makoun nodding in Juninho's right-wing corner to give the Ligue 1 leaders a small note of cheer as they headed down the tunnel.

Juninho strikes
Within three minutes of the restart, the visitors' toe in the tie had become a foothold, Márquez inadvertently diverting César Delgado's cross for Juninho to slot in his fourth UEFA Champions League goal against Barça. Inevitably Henry delivered the response, advancing on to Gerard Piqué's excellent pass and forcing a fine save from Lloris that kept his team's flickering hopes alive. The Liga frontrunners followed Josep Guardiola's instructions to attack for 90 minutes to the letter, allowing Lyon to keep dreaming of an unlikely comeback, an ambition that only finally faded when Karim Benzema fired over with seven minutes left. Juninho collected a second yellow card in the 91st minute and Keita subsequently completed the scoring from another Xavi pass to confirm Barça's place in the 20 March draw.

Last updated: 12/03/09 9.55CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

lyon

Lyon

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
Substitution46
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
3
CrisCris
Yellow Card12
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution90+2
7
EdersonEderson
Substitution85
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal43
Substitution87
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
Yellow Card35
Goal48
Red Card90+1
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal40
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
14
HenryThierry Henry
Goal25
Goal27
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution75
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Yellow Card64
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
17
MakounJean Makoun
Goal44
Yellow Card70
20
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
19
DelgadoCésar Delgado
Yellow Card49
Substitution61
24
Y. TouréYaya Touré
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Yellow Card76

Substitutes

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
2
Martín CáceresMartín Cáceres
5
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution46
11
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution87
6
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution61
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
Substitution75
Goal90+5
18
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
21
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution90+2
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution85
28
BusquetsSergio Busquets
27
MounierAnthony Mounier
29
Víctor SánchezVíctor Sánchez
29
TaferYannis Tafer

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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