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Lionel Messi at his brilliant best to send Barcelona through

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Cassandra Castillo | 14 March, 2019, 16:50

Luis Suarez was delighted to help Barcelona book their place in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old put his side ahead with a ideal Panenka penalty within the first 20 minutes of the match.

Lyon pulled one back in the second half when, after a goalmouth scramble, Lucas Tousart was given enough time to control a ball with his chest before finishing from close range.

However, he also said that he "thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher" after Diego Simeone's side surrendered their 2-0 first-leg advantage.

His side were in a more vulnerable position as a score draw would have sent them out, and they began the game as if they meant business, with Messi firing an early shot which Lopes had to beat away for a corner.

Regarding Friday's draw for the quarter and semi-finals, Messi added: "All of the opponents are complicated".

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"There was a bit of suffering after they made it 2-1, as we'd made it tough for ourselves at a set piece". Referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot and Messi then coolly converted after the incident was checked by VAR.

Meanwhile, Lyon boss Bruno Genesio described Messi as a "genius".

He jinked into space on the edge of the box before striking low and squeezing the ball under the grasp of substitute goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin, who had replaced Anthony Lopes in the first half.

"We always knew it would be like this".

"Unfortunately, Barca scored their third goal at that moment". He went into Champions League mode, and he proved he was one of the best players in the world. "Finally, the doctor asked me to take him out so as not to take any chances".

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