Lionel Messi’s masterclass gives Barcelona resounding win over Lyon

Paris Saint-Germain fell, Real Madrid fell, Atlético Madrid fell, but Barcelona didn’t. This time there was no surprise, not even really for Lyon who saw Lionel Messi coming again and again, just as they knew they would, but couldn’t prevent him from putting them to the sword.

Bruno Génésio had talked before the game about limiting Messi’s influence and talked after it about a player who, in his words, “is almost impossible to stop at this level of performance and motivation”. By then, the Lyon coach had watched the Argentinian score two and make two, for Ousmane Dembélé and Gerard Piqué, while the hugely impressive Luis Suárez made another for Philippe Coutinho.

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