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A memorable performance and goals galore for Barca
This was the kind of match the fans will keep in their DVD collection for a long time. Rarely will the fans see a better 45 minutes of football than Barça’s first half performance. Intense, precise and effective, Pep Guardiola’s side brushed the French champions aside and went in at halftime leading 4-1. A second Lyon goal in the opening minutes of the second half gave the visitors something to fight for but Barça held firm and even scored a fifth in the dying seconds of the game.

Total control

The French team had promised a tough battle in the lead-up to the match but the reality turned out to be quite different. Barça took complete control right from the kick-off and the game was played almost entirely in the French half of the pitch. Scoring chances started to flow and in the opening quarter of an hour, Xavi (free kick), Eto’o and Iniesta all came close.

Henry on song

However, Lyon reminded everyone of just how dangerous they can be when Benzema shot high in the 20th minute. Despite the warning, Barça continued to press ahead and the reward came in a double dose from Barça’s French striker Thierry Henry. The first goal came in the 24th minute after a fantastic through ball from Rafa Márquez. The cheers had barely died away when Henry struck again (27’).

4-1 at the break

The Barça players continued piling on the pressure and it was no surprise when Messi stroked the ball in to the net to make it 3-0 (37’). Samuel Eto’o turned from goal provider to goal scorer just five minutes later while Makoun pulled one back for Lyon just before the halftime whistle.

The game opens out

Lyon reacted after the break with a quick goal from Juninho, and with the score 4-2 on the night the game started to open out. Henry almost got his hat trick in the 59’ but Lyon keeper Lloris was up to the challenge.

Celebration time

Barça gradually regained possession and control and only a solitary effort by Benzema (81’) disturbed the peace. However, any concerns were blown away when Keita scored Barça’s fifth of the night in injury time and the Camp Nou faithful celebrated yet another golden European night and a place in the quarterfinals.
 
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