Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele Out 3-4 Weeks With Muscle Injury

Florence Fletcher
March 15, 2019

The Argentine was on hand to score twice in the Catalan club's emphatic 5-1 win over Lyon, which helped send the Blaugrana through to quarter-final stage of the competition.

Liverpool made sure their bid to return to the Champions League final in consecutive years remained intact as they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.

And Ronaldo duly obliged with all of three goals they needed to progress to the quarter-final.

Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.

A couple of goals tonight would put him well in contention to win the Golden Boot, although it will be silly to rule out Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns things on in the knockout stages and is now on four goals.

"I thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher". A penalty was awarded and MESSI scored a panenka to make it 1-0 and give his team the lead. Messi, is now eighteen goals behind his biggest rival, but he does have the advantage when it comes to this season's tournament.

"We don't want to choose one [side] because they're all really tough", Messi said. He hadn't scored since a Spanish league match in January.

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The eight-team field is set for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after the round of 16 concluded Wednesday. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor rocked up to the Camp Nou on Wednesday looking to book Barcelona's place in the Champions League quarter-finals following a drab 0-0 draw in the first leg in Lyon. Xavi achieved this feat in 767 appearances while Messi took only 673 matches to achieve this record.

Both players have winning the continent's elite tournament again as a priority.

Barca were dominant from the start, as Anthony Lopes leaped across goal to plug out Lionel Messi's curling effort on five minutes.

Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.

Barca, who are in the quest for a quadruple, will be without Ousmane Dembele, but will have Lionel Messi available for the clash.

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