Barcelona had fired 25 shots at the Lyon goal, albeit only five of them on target, but had failed to come away with an away goal on Tuesday night.
Manchester City couldn’t beat Lyon in the group stage and Barcelona had suffered just as much. Barcelona will be favourites in the second leg but the Ligue 1 side have ensured they go to the Camp Nou with, at the very least, a puncher’s chance of making the quarter-finals.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Lyon: Lopes, Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy, Traore (Tousart 68), Ndombele (Cheikh 84), Aouar, Terrier (Cornet 75), Depay, Dembele.
Subs Not Used: Gorgelin, Marcal, Tete, Solet.
Booked: Aouar, Dubois.
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto (Vidal 81), Sergio Busquets, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Dembele (Coutinho 67).
Subs Not Used: Pena, Malcom, Murillo, Umtiti, Alena.
Booked: Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo.
There were 17 shots just in the first half and 13 of them were from Barcelona. No sooner had Cunyet Cakir blown his whistle than Lionel Messi surged at the centre of Lyon’s defence and was brought down by Houssem Aoaur who was booked.
From the kick – now with the customary player lying down behind the wall to make sure Messi doesn’t roll it in as everyone jumps – he floated it over.
Aoaur then showed quick feet at the other end of the pitch and forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen to push the ball out for a corner. It lifted an already noisy Grouparama Arena and the place was really jumping when Martin Terrier’s thunderous drive was pushed on to his bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen who then gratefully grabbed the ball as it bounced down and spun backwards towards his goal.
Messi then fired over from Jordi Alba’s cross He was furious at his own inaccuracy. Ousmane Dembele was just as guilty firing into Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes’ legs.
Not all attacks ended in shots. Gerard Pique’s brilliant block tackle on Moussa Dembele came just as he was about to test Ter Stegen. No one was more anxious to score than Luis Suarez who came into the game having gone 23 hours and 38 minutes without a Champions League away goal – giving a whole new meaning to the phrase: we could play all day and still not score.