Cape Town - Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed a private WhatsApp chat to Cristiano Ronaldo with the Juventus attacker predicting the epic comeback win against Atletico Madrid.
"I think he had a great game".
Lyon finally started applying some pressure at the other end of the field in the ensuing minutes and were rewarded when Lucas Tousart took advantage of a poor clearance by Sergio Busquets and sent a right-footed shot inside the near post past a diving Marc-Andre ter Stegen in minute 58.
Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate. "When he is at that kind of level he is nearly unstoppable". "We did what we could".
United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a unsafe outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.
Very few would have backed Juventus to come back from a 2-0 deficit against the sturdy Atletico Madrid this week.
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Dembele has been a regular in the starting lineup. The Brazilian was bright, enjoying one of his best performances in weeks. "You never know what the future holds but I am happy with my performance today".
Lyon's Lopes had to be taken off injured later in the first half, leaving the field in tears after taking a blow to the face, with Mathieu Gorgelin replacing him and making his Champions League debut. You couldn't work as hard as Ronaldo and get to where he is. By the time he had twisted to follow Messi's pass, the excellent Luis Suarez was a step ahead.
A penalty was given, although Messi was made to wait while VAR checked, but there was no sign of tension.
Intriguingly, that means the possibility of a final between two players, Messi, 31, and Ronaldo, 34, who have defined their generation. With only Lopes to beat, he tapped across for Coutinho, who had an open net. If the four-time winners of the competition are to triumph for a fifth time, then may the odds forever be in their favour.
Nabil Fekir then fired high as Lyon's pressure anxious Barcelona for the first time.
Lionel Messi was in typically superb form as he guided Barcelona past French side Lyon.