Messi hails Ronaldo's 'magical' night for Juventus after Barcelona win

Messi hails Ronaldo's 'magical' night for Juventus after Barcelona win

Before Wednesday night's goal against Lyon, Coutinho had last scored in January, a brace against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, while his last La Liga score coming as far back as the 5-1 Clásico defeat of Real Madrid in October. "The truth is that us Argentines are proud that Messi is Argentinian and did not go with the Spanish", said Maradona.

Messi scored a penalty with a delightful Panenka early on in the first half to settle the nerves after Luis Suarez had been fouled by Jason Denayer.

Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a flawless pass for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an open net and double Barca's lead, although Lyon hauled themselves back into contention with a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart.

Another match for Lionel MESSI and another great showing from the captain.

"It'll be hard no matter who we face".

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"We suffered a little bit at 2-1 and, to be honest, it wasn't necessary", he said. "Whoever we get, we take tricky". There was a moment of suspense before [the ball crossed the line] and I thought it wasn't going to go in. Gerard Pique stood up for the Brazilian after he was jeered at the weekend in the game against Rayo Vallecano, whilst also admitting that such criticism is a part of life at Barca. "Now it's about the next game".

"I am happy with my performance (against Lyon)".

It was old hat for both managers when they were asked about the exploits of Messi, who both had nothing but massive praise for Barca's No. 10.

With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon.

"All of the opponents are complicated", Messi added. Period. Ronaldo is very strong as he lets you win everything, but Messi is a genius and something else.

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