Goals from Henry (2), Messi, Eto’o and Kieta gave Barcelona a 5-2 victory over their French opponents and secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
In probably the best 45 minutes of football seen at Camp Nou this season, Barcelona finally managed to get past French opposition. Barca took control from the start and the opening 15 minutes were played almost entirely in the Lyon half. A Xavi free kick went close and there were also chances for Eto’o and Iniesta to open the scoring. A Lyon break on 20 minutes finished with Benzema shooting high and despite this warning of the danger Lyon posed, Barca continued to attack at every opportunity and were rewarded on 25 minutes when Henry got on the end of a fabulous through ball by Marquez and finished with ease. Two minutes later Henry got his second, when he met a Xavi cross on the left side of the penalty area and fired a powerful shot past Lloris into the bottom corner.
Barca continued to push forward and Messi’s goal on 40 minutes was another piece of magic from the Argentinian, after cutting in from the right and leaving several Lyon players in his wake he exchanged passes with Eto’o and slotted calmly past Lloris. Three minutes later it was 4-0 when Eto’o was released by Henry to fire the ball into the top right hand corner.
Lyon rallied with goals either side of half time, Makoun’s header from a Juninho corner on 44 minutes and Juninho himself scoring on 48 minutes after a clever dummy by Benzema but Barca were not to be denied and gradually regained control of the match. Henry almost scored his third on 59 minutes but Lloris made a good save. A Benzema effort on 81minutes was Lyon’s only other chance of the second half and things got worse for Lyon as Juninho was given a second yellow card in stoppage time and Seydou Keita took full advantage by scoring Barca’s fifth goal in the final seconds to seal a 6-3 aggregate victory
Full Time: Barcelona 5 ( Henry, 25, 27, Messi, 40, Eto’o, 43, Kieta, 94 ) Lyon 2 ( Makoun, 44, Juninho, 48 )
Yellow Cards: Cris 12, Juninho 35, Henry 45, Delgado 49, Grosso 64, Makoun 70, Toulalan 76
Red Cards: Juninho 90
Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Daniel Alves, Silvio Sylvinho, Yaya Toure, Rafael Marquez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta (Alex Hleb, 90), Xavier Hernandez Xavi, Samuel Eto’o (Krkic Perez Bojan, 87), Thierry Henry (Seydou Keita, 75), Lionel Messi
Lyon: Hugo Lloris, Francois Clerc (Mathieu Bodmer, 46), Cristiano Gomez Cris, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Fabio Grosso, Jeremy Toulalan, Jean Makoun, Pernambucano Juninho, Karim Benzema, Cesar Fabian Delgado (Kim Kallstrom, 61), Honorato Campos Ederson (Kader Keita, 85)
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