34 min: Busquets plays Messi's free kick at the far post. Lenglet tries to get in but, under pressure from Denayer, only manages to nod.
33 min: Suarez doubles in the box with Dembélé but is then forced to leave the area by Dubois … who then pushes and gets a reservation. Free kick at Barça wide on the left.
30 minutes: Nice game by the hosts. Ndombele is again very involved before Depay does a decisive pass for Dembélé, who opens fire from the edge of the area. but Pique slips to make a critical block.
28 min: The good luck of Lyon continues. They bring Barça back with some very skillful passes … until Depay hits and tries a decisive pass to Dembélé.
26 minA good decision from Lyon, orchestrated by Ndombele, eases the pressure and allows the hosts to spend some time in the other half. Mendy joins the attack and runs past Sergi Roberto before being shot. Freekick in Lyon broad on the left.
24 minMessi sparkles in a corner. Mendy goes to the front row.
21 min: Barça moves forward again. They attack Lyon every time they recover the ball and it is more and more worrying for the French. But they have been spared so far by the unusually bad finishes of Barca. Dembele has already given another example, raising the ball in the stands while Suarez called a pass in front of the goal.
19 min: O Dembele turns Dubois to the left. Lopes prevents him from finishing the race with a goal, realizing a good one-on-one stop from the left.
17 minAfter a great accumulation, Alba gives a pass from the left to leave the ball after 14 minutes. But he gets his shot well above the bar. An error in the basic technique of Messi, who can not believe it!
15 minutesSergi Roberto places Rakitic at the edge of the box. The Croat is aiming for a soft curler towards the far corner … but he is drifting slightly.
14 min: After a fine passing sequence from Lyon, Depay drops out and is dispossessed halfway through Messi, who immediately flew forward to try to inflict a maximum penalty. The defense Lyon is doing enough to block his shot from 20 meters.
12 min: Mr. Dembélé commits a fault on O. Dembélé. Messi rubs himself in the freekick from the left. Marcelo's head is not very clear. O. Dembele picks him up on the edge of the area but fires.
9 min: Terrier arrives on the left and recovers a Dembele reverse before shooting an absolutely fierce shot at 25 meters! And Ter Stegen makes a great one-handed backup! Achieving this goal was a feat, but having the strength of the hand to push the shot towards the crossbar was even more impressive. And then he got up and grabbed the bounce before Dembele could get there.
8 min: It's a good start, Barcelona seems particularly dynamic. It looks like they are trying to subjugate their hosts early on the doors. Which does not mean that Lyon has been dominated.
6 min: Point of order: I should have mentioned in advance that the Var is used nowadays and that it will participate in every match of the rest of the competition. This was recalled by the referee, who just reminded players by making a move on television to warn them that they would not shoot the ball when the corner is given.
5 min: It's better to Aouar! His low curling shot from the edge of the area forces Ter Stegen to push him behind for a corner.
5 min: Messi cuts the freekick over the wall … and a few meters over the bar. The crowd at home expires.
4 min: The Barça press is bearing fruit: Sergi Roberto steals Aouar in the middle of the field and feeds Messi, who is shaking to the surface. Aouar steps back but drags the Argentinian from behind. Freekick just inside the D, perfectly central …
3 min: Lyon is trying to put pressure on Barcelona so that it disrupts its building from behind Barça and that it is good enough to play up to now.
1 minute: Lyon-Barcelona is gone! Visitors start … and shoot after 24 seconds! Dembele advanced the local defense to continue a pass over Piqué before letting go from the left corner of the area. But he crashed the ball bouncing several meters from the far post.
Regardless of Mendy's injury, that does not stop him from starting: let's hope he's fit enough to play the whole game.
The teams march in a huge crash and many coordinated agitations of the flag.
Ouch! This could be a blow for Lyon and those of us who were looking forward to seeing Mendy in action against Messi: the left back was injured during warm-up and could be replaced by Marçal .
The atmosphere in the OL stadium seems pleasantly exuberant.
The surprise is the Lyon squad is Martin Terrier, who will play on the left wing instead of Maxwell Cornet. It's a bit of a turnaround because Cornet has been particularly good in big games this season but Terrier, 21, impressed on his last outings (with Rafa Benitez among those impressed, as he had planned bring him to Newcastle).
"Denayer has been phenomenal for Lyon and the highlight is undoubtedly his decisive advantage against PSG a few weeks ago," said Kari Tulinius, emphasizing his pompoms full force. the season has been phenomenal, hope it is phenomenal too. Enjoy it! I guess you mainly saw their big games? Because, as mentioned, they have the good habit of activating them. It is sad that Fékir is missing, but we can always hope that Depay, Aouar, Mendy, Ndombele and Dembele are at the top. Lyon has enough talent to annoy Barca who, in the same way, has the ability to kill equality today.
The last time Lyon hosted Barcelona, in 2009, they scored (1-1 draw) thanks to this masterpiece of freekicks king Juninho Pernambucano. Go to 00:51 in this video and marvel at the complete discombobulation of Victor Valdés. There are goalkeepers who still have to wake up in cold sweat thinking about what Juninho has done to them (to find out more about him, read this if you feel like it).
Good news for Lyon since Jason Denayer overcame his thigh problem and is fit enough to take his place in central defense, where he was in top form recently.
Lyon: Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar; Terrier, Depay, Traore; Dembélé
Subs: Gorgelin, Marçal, Tete, Sheikh, Solet, Cornet, Tousart
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Dembélé
Subs: Pena, Coutinho, Malcom, Murillo, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena
Arbitrator: C Cakir (Tur)
Hello and welcome to the only draw between two undefeated teams in the group stage. You will surely remember that Barcelona has risen to the top of a group including the Spurs, Inter and PSV, while Lyon was second in front of Manchester City, despite his victory over Pep Guardiola. Oddly enough, all the home matches of the group stage ended 2-2: Barcelona would probably accept them today, which would leave them as favorites to finish the job at Camp Nou. However, they clearly have the opportunity to take an even greater advantage of this first leg, because the suspension deprives Lyon of his playmaker, Nabil Fékir.
But Lyon always has good players and the habit to excel against the most formidable opponents. And this side of Barça is vulnerable. Indeed, Barça has not won any of his last five knockout matches in this competition and in his last match – against Roma last season – he was blown away. So, there should be opportunities for both teams today and we can expect them to defend themselves brilliantly. We can expect, in particular, the duel between Lionel Messi and Ferland Mendy, the 23-year-old left-back that Barça is famous for admiring. Overall, we have a potential to humding.