Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Lyon 0-0 Barcelona: Catalans held to fourth draw in five games

Lionel Messi
Before the game, Lionel Messi had scored 90 goals in his last 90 Champions League starts

Wasteful Barcelona could not convert any of their 25 shots in a goalless Champions League last-16 first-leg draw against Lyon.

Usually so proficient in front of goal, Barca's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho were all denied by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Lyon had chances, too, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen brilliantly tipped Martin Terrier's long-range shot onto the bar.

The return leg takes place at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 13 March.

Champions Barca are top of La Liga, seven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but they have not won Europe's premier competition since 2015 when they defeated Juventus in the final.

Going into this tie, Ernesto Valverde's side were heavy favourites to progress to the quarter-finals for the 11th consecutive season, but their poor finishing leaves the tie in the balance.

The Catalans have now drawn four of their last five games in all competitions and should have netted twice in the opening four minutes but Ousmane Dembele scuffed off target and Messi dinked a free-kick over.

When Barca did call on Lopes, they found the Lyon number one in superb form, springing high in the second half to tip over Sergio Busquets' drive, the best of his five saves in the game.

French club Lyon, the only side to beat runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain this season, could have snatched a goal themselves but Houssem Aouar's strike was pushed away by Germany international Ter Stegen and Memphis Depay screwed a shot wide from the angle.

Pique the centurion - the stats

  • Barcelona are winless in their last six Champions League away knockout games (D2 L4), failing to score in five of those.
  • Lyon have drawn each of their last six Champions League games, equalling the record for most consecutive draws in a single Champions League season along with AEK Athens (2002/03) and Rangers (2005/06).
  • Lyon have failed to beat Barcelona in all seven of their Champions League clashes (D3 L4).
  • This was the first time since 15 March, 2016 that two Champions League knockout matches finished 0-0 (Atletico Madrid v PSV and Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev).
  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi attempted nine shots in this match, four more than Lyon registered. It's the joint-highest total without scoring for a player in this season's Champions League (also Luis Suarez v Inter in Nov and Cristiano Ronaldo v Valencia in November).
  • Suarez has gone over 24 hours of playing time since he last scored an away goal in the Champions League (1508 mins).
  • Lyon failed to land a single shot on target in the second half, attempting just two across the whole game.
  • Gerard Pique became the seventh player to reach 100+ appearances for Barcelona in the Champions League (also Xavi, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes and Sergio Busquets).

Line-ups

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 14DuboisBooked at 33mins
  • 6Guedes Filho
  • 5Denayer
  • 22Mendy
  • 10TraoréSubstituted forTousartat 69'minutes
  • 8AouarBooked at 3mins
  • 28NDombeleSubstituted forDiop Gueyeat 84'minutes
  • 7TerrierSubstituted forCornetat 76'minutes
  • 11Depay
  • 9Dembele

Substitutes

  • 20Marçal de Oliveira
  • 23Tete
  • 24Diop Gueye
  • 26Solet
  • 27Cornet
  • 29Tousart
  • 30Gorgelin

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoBooked at 88mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 20RobertoBooked at 80minsSubstituted forVidalat 81'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 4Rakitic
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forCoutinhoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Coutinho
  • 14Malcom
  • 17Murillo
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Aleñá
  • 30Peña
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
57,889

Match Stats

Home TeamLyonAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 0, Barcelona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lyon 0, Barcelona 0.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Houssem Aouar (Lyon).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ferland Mendy (Lyon).

Booking

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.

Attempt saved. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Pape Cheikh replaces Tanguy NDombele.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Sergi Roberto.

Booking

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

Memphis Depay (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Tousart (Lyon).

Attempt saved. Coutinho (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Maxwel Cornet replaces Martin Terrier.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Lucas Tousart replaces Bertrand Traoré.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Coutinho replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Léo Dubois.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Ferland Mendy (Lyon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Barcelona. Jordi Alba tries a through ball, but Ousmane Dembélé is caught offside.

Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

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