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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Lopes to the rescue for Lyon

Lyon 0 Barcelona 0

Lyon's Anthony Lopes dives to save a shot from Lionel Messi. Photo: REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot
Lyon's Anthony Lopes dives to save a shot from Lionel Messi. Photo: REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

Barcelona were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Lyon at Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League last-16 first leg last night as both sides remained undefeated in this season's competiton.

The La Liga leaders dominated the match at the Groupama Stadium but lacked accuracy up front and were grateful to their goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen who made two great saves.

Lyon were lively in the first-half but ran out of steam after the break and were holding on in the closing stages as Lionel Messi tried in vain to open up the home defence.

OL coach Bruno Genesio sprung a surprise by fielding Martin Terrier on the left wing instead of Maxwell Cornet and the 21-year-old did not disappoint.

Barca dominated early on, but Lyon had the first two shots on target and it took a couple of superb saves from Ter Stegen to deny the hosts.

He stretched to his left to parry a vicious low shot by Hassem Aouar in the fifth minute before making a one-handed save to tip a 25-metre Terrier missile onto his crossbar.

Barca's Ousmane Dembele came close in the 19th minute when he dribbled past Leo Dubois only for keeper Anthony Lopes to deny him in a one-on-one.

The visitors had the upperhand with 25 attempts but were uncharacteristically wasteful with only five on target as they spurned several counter-attacking opportunities.

A Dembele attempt shaved Lopes's post before Terrier skied his shot over the bar after a superb series of one-twos tore the Barca defence apart as both sides tried to break the deadlock.

Lopes beat Messi's angled shot away before Dembele was replaced by Philippe Coutinho, who had a chance in the 76th but was denied by Lopes.

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