Lyon 0-0 Barcelona
An entertaining and high-class half despite the lack of goals. There was no shortage of attacks and lots of foxy movements, but finishing was mostly off. Lyon came the closest point but Terrier was denied by a wonderful rescue from Ter Stegen. But Barcelona generally looked more dangerous, but both teams had periods of superiority. It is difficult to see this end result.
45 + 1 min : Busquet's shot from the edge of the area takes a nod by Denayer ..
45 min : Beautiful move by Lyon! A series with a twos opens Barça … Can Terrier give the perfect finish? No! he cracks his shot wide from 15 meters.
43 min : Dembélé gathers a rolled pass from Messi near the edge of the Lyon box and then takes the goalkeeper into surprise with a disguised snapshot. Fortunately for Lyon, it only flashes at the nearest post.
15:42  41 min : A rare mistake at Ndombele, who sends a pass directly to Sergi Roberto, who in turn releases Suarez to the right. Suddenly, Barça has 3 v 3. But Suarez pass to Dembele is too long.
40 min : The longlet becomes happy because the court decides that he has fouled by Depay, who rolled past him and sent Dembélé ready for what would have been a great chance .
38 min : Messi gives an overall cross from the left, but Dembélé gets his attempt to volley all wrong.
35 min : Suarez is attempting to chip the goalkeeper from just outside the area. But Lopez was practically on his line and not likely to fall for it.
34 min : Busquet's girls at Messi''s free kick at the nearest post. Lenglet tries to head in but, under pressure from Denayer, only manages to nod over the bar.
33 min : Suarez performs a one-two in the box with Dembélé but is then forced back from the area by Dubois … who then shoots him and get a booking. Freekick to Barça wide left.
30 min : Wonderful game by the hosts. Ndombele is thus very involved before Depay releases a nice pass to Dembélé, who opens fire from the box's edge. but Piqué slides in to make a critical block.
28 min : Lyon's good spell continues. They spend Barça back with some very fitting passes … until Depay overheats and tried to pass through to Dembélé.
26 min : A good move by Lyon – orchestrated by Ndombele – relieves the pressure, so that the hosts can spend some time in the opposite half. Mendy joins the attack and competes past Sergi Roberto before he is cut down. Free kick to Lyon at left.
24 min : Messi fizzes in one corner. Mendy hooves it away.
21 min : Barça tear forward again. They rip into Lyon every time they get the ball and it starts to look unknowingly for the French side. But they have been saved so far by Barca's uncharacteristic fuzzy finishing. Dembele has jsut given another example and the ballooned ball instead when Suarez appealed to a pass in front of the goal.
19 min : O Dembele twists Dubois inside down to the left. Lopes prevents him from coping with the run with a goal, making a good one-on-one, save from the left.
17 min : After a wonderful build, Alba draws a post from left to Messi, which has a clear shot from 14 meters. But he lifts his shot far above the bar. A decay in basic technology by Messi, who can't quite believe it!
15 min : Sergi Roberto tees up Rakitic at the edge of the box. The Croatian aims for a soft curler against the top corner … but it drives wide.
14 min : After a fine fitting sequence of Lyon, Depay transmits himself and is removed nearly halfway by Messi, who immediately rushes forward to seek maximum punishment. Lyon defends enough to block his shot from 20 meters.
12 min : M. Dembélé removes O. Dembélé. Messi attracts in the free kick from the left. Marcelo's headline is not entirely clear. O. Dembele picks it up at the edge of the box but shoots the shot.
9 min : Terrier comes in from the left and collects a storage of Dembele before placing an absolutely cruel shot from 25 meters! And Ter Stegen makes a wonderful unified rescue! Reaching it was an achievement, but with the hand force pushing the shot, the cross bar was even more impressive. And then he went up and snapped the rebound before Dembele could get to it.
8 min : It has been a good open start, with Barcelona looking particularly dynamic. It seems they are trying to subjugate their hosts early doors. What is not to say that Lyon has been dominated.
6 min : Question of Order: I should have mentioned earlier that Var is in use today, and will be in all matches for the rest of the competition. I am reminded of that by the judge, who has only reminded the players by making a television move to warn them that they will not get away with any draw or shoving when corner kicks are delivered.
5 min : It's better from Aouar! His curling low shot from the edge of the area forces Ter Stegen to push it behind a corner.
5 min : Messi cuts the free kick over the wall … and a few meters above the line. The home crowd exhales.
4 min : Barca's press pays: Sergi Roberto robs Aouar in the midfield and then feeds Messi, who shouts at the box. Aouar chases back but takes down Argentinian from behind. Freekick right inside D, perfectly central …
3 min : Lyon is trying to squeeze Barcelona to disrupt their building from the back of Barça is good enough for to play out so far.
1 min : Lyon-Barcelona goes! Visitors kick off … and fire a shot after 24 seconds! Dembele suited the home defense to knock down a pass over the top of Piqué and then fly from the left corner of the box.
What Mendy has hurt has not prevented him from starting: let's hope he fits enough to play the whole game.
The law march out to a huge din and lots of coordinated flagging.
Ouch! This can be a big blow to Lyon and we who are looking forward to seeing Mendy in action against Messi: the left back has been damaged in the warm-up and can be replaced by Marçal.
Surprise is Lyon's lineup is Martin Terrier, who will play on the left flank instead of Maxwell Cornet. It's a bit of a turn-up because Cornet has been particularly good at big matches this season but 21-year-old Terrier has impressed on the latest trips (with Rafa Benitez among the impressed ones he had on taking him to Newcastle) .
"Denayer has been phenomenal for Lyon and the outstanding moment just has to be his flying top player against PSG a few weeks ago," says Kari Tulinius, fluffing his pompoms to full effect .. "Every Lyon game I've seen this season has been phenomenal, hope this is too. Enjoy!" I guess you mainly saw their big games? Because, as mentioned, they have an appealing habit of doing it on them. It is sad that Fékir lacks but we can still hope for top view from Depay, Aouar, Mendy and Ndombele and Dembele. Lyon probably has enough talent to bother Barça, who in the same way has the opportunity to kill the tie today. 19659023] Updated
Last time Lyon hosted Barcelona, in 2009 (in a 1-1 draw) thanks to this masterpiece of The only true king of freekicks, Juninho Pernambucano. Go to 00:51 in this video and marvel at the complete discom bubble of Victor Valdés. There are goalkeepers who still have to wake up in a cold sweat and think about what Juninho did for them (for more about him, read this if you want).
Good news for Lyon as Jason Denayer has overcome the thigh disorder and is fit enough to take place in the central defense where he has been in top form recently.
Lyon : Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombélé, Aouar; Terrier, Depay, Traoré; Dembélé
Parts : Gorgelin, Marçal, Tete, Cheikh, Solet, Cornet, Tousart
Barcelona : Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Dembélé
Delar : Pena, Coutinho, Malcom, Murillo, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena
Judge : C Cakir (Tur)
Hello and welcome to the only 16 match between two teams that were unbeaten in the group stage. Barcelona will remember, swept to the top of a group that included Spurs, Inter and PSV, while Lyon finished second under Manchester City despite winning away to Pep Guardiola's side. It was strange that all of Lyon's home games in the group ended 2-2: Barcelona would probably take it today because it would leave them as heavy favorites to finish the job at the Camp Nou. On the other hand, there is a clear opportunity for them to take an even greater advantage from this first leg, as the suspension deprives Lyon of his handsome gaming master, Nabil Fékir.
But Lyon still has some good players and a habit of producing his best against the most formidable opponents. And this Barça page is vulnerable. In fact, Barça has not won any of his last five away knockout matches in this competition and in their last – against Roma last season – they are blown away. So there should be opportunities for both teams today and we can expect them to join each other with gusto. We can especially look forward to the duel between Lionel Messi and Ferland Mendy, the 23-year-old left-back Barça is known to admire. All in all, we have got a potential moult.