Messi stars as Barca whip Lyon 5-1

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde wary of the threat posed by Lyon ahead of second leg

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde wary of the threat posed by Lyon ahead of second leg

One of those is in Dutch giants AFC Ajax going up to face Serie A champions Juventus - with many looking at the clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenkie De Jong.

Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, has admitted he was impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Juventus 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi stepped up to the 12-yard-mark and opted for a Panenka penalty conversion, lobbing the ball into the middle of the goal as Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes dove out of position to his left.

But while the talent gap between them is nearly imperceptible, their public displays remain unmistakably dissimilar.

The Red Devils had initially been pencilled in to travel to Camp Nou for the first leg of a heavyweight contest, but that will now be staged in Manchester due to the need for a fixture swap.

"I still think personally that Messi's an absolute genius that was born with an incredible talent that is bigger than anyone else", he told The Totally Football Show. "He's an alien. He was epic, mythical, divine".

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"Juve have great potential, Cristiano had a magical night with all three goals".

The semifinal draw follows the quarterfinal draw, meaning teams will know their path to the final.

Bayern then drew level after Joel Matip inadvertently poked the ball into his own goal in an attempt to prevent the deadly Robert Lewandowski from getting a clear goalscoring opportunity. "He was like Ronaldo". Despite facing off directly in two league matches each season, they also met several times in other competitions and were constantly compared, week in, week out.

The quarterfinal draw is on Friday. He hadn't scored since a Spanish league match in January. Lyon grabbed one back through Lucas Tousart but another strike from Messi, and goals from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele ensured safe passage into the quarter-finals for Barcelona. Their momentum subsided and Messi finished them off in a late flurry.

Both players have winning the continent's elite tournament again as a priority. If the four-time winners of the competition are to triumph for a fifth time, then may the odds forever be in their favour. "Having Leo on your team makes you feel like you can face anything". "Aulas" grievance comes after claims emerged that UEFA had intimated that there were technical problems with VAR during the review of Barcelona's penalty in the first half of Wednesday's game.

The tie will also feature the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the Nou Camp, the scene of his famous victor against Bayern Munich in 1999.

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