Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Toothless Barca held to a draw by defiant Lyon

Barcelona were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League keep going 16 first leg on Tuesday as the two sides stayed undefeated in this current season's competiton.

The La Liga pioneers ruled the match at the Groupama arena however needed exactness in advance and were appreciative to their goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen who made two incredible recoveries.

Lyon were enthusiastic in the primary half yet came up short on steam after the break and were hanging on in the end organizes as Lionel Messi attempted futile to open up the home protection.

The second leg will be at the Nou Camp on March 13.

OL mentor Bruno Genesio sprung an amazement by handling Martin Terrier on the left wing rather than Maxwell Cornet and the 21-year-old did not baffle.

Barcelona overwhelmed the ownership at an early stage, however Lyon had the initial two shots on target and it took several magnificent recoveries from Ter Stegen to deny the hosts.

He extended to one side to repel an awful low shot by Hassem Aouar in the fifth moment before making a one-gave spare to tip a 25-meter Terrier rocket onto his crossbar.

Barca forward Ousmane Dembele approached in the nineteenth moment when he spilled past Leo Dubois on the left flank, just for manager Anthony Lopes to deny him in a one-on-one.

The guests had the advantage with 25 endeavors however were strangely inefficient with just five on focus as they spurned a few counter-assaulting openings.

A Dembele endeavor shaved Lopes' post before Terrier skied his shot over the bar after a magnificent arrangement of one-twos shredded the Barca barrier as the two sides attempted to break the halt.

Lyon were under attack right off the bat in the second time frame however their safeguard was splendidly marshaled by Jason Denayer with Dubois likewise demonstrating unequivocal against Luis Suarez.

Lopes beat Messi's calculated shot away to keep his side dimension before Dembele was supplanted by Philippe Coutinho, who had a reasonable possibility in the 76th however was denied by in-structure Lopes.

Barca have now neglected to win any of their last six away recreations in the Champions League knockout stage, with their last triumph coming at Arsenal in February 2016.

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