Juventus Boosted Ahead of Ajax Champions League Tie by Encouraging Stats

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"There are players who are touched by the magic wand".

Barca then kept knocking on the door for a third, but it was Lyon who scored next when Lucas Tousart half volleyed the ball past Marc Andre ter Stegen. At 2-1 with Barca leading, it meant just one more away goal from Lyon would have been enough had it finished 2-2, allowing them to go through on away goals.

Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona squad defeated Lyon 5-1 in the second leg to advance to the next round. Four players registered goals for the Spanish giants, including Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele. "Sometimes he is just unstoppable".

Dembele started Wednesday's 5-1 win as a substitute after suffering a problem in the same muscle towards the end of Barca's game against Rayo Vallecano last weekend. Meanwhile, VAR continues to face questions over its reliability and competence after making a controversial introduction to the Champions League last month.

Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarterfinals.

"When (Messi) is playing at this level you nearly can't stop him", said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.

The Argentine began the game with serious intent, forcing Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to beat away a thumping shot in the opening minutes.

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"But Juventus overcame them and Cristiano had a magical night with three goals, '' Lionel Messi told Movistar + according to Goal".

"Sometimes I will see Luis Suarez looking tired so I will ask the Coach to put me up front, and I think I have the instinct to play in that position more often".

He then gives the toddler the ball - much to her delight - as she runs off gleefully in the opposite direction.

They top the scoring charts in the Champions League, and both put in spell-binding performances in helping their respective teams into the last eight.

"We don't want to choose one [side] because they're all really tough", Messi said.

The Round of 16 offered us with endless excitement, individual brilliance and most of all, chock-full of surprises, with three of Europe's biggest teams getting knocked out.

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