Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele out for month with hamstring injury

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"I thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher".

Lucas Tousart's effort pulled Lyon back into the tie briefly and Messi, who scored Barca's third and then created goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, admitted the Catalans nearly let things get away from them.

The Argentine, who at the start of the season promised to "do everything to bring that lovely trophy back to the Nou Camp" tore through Lyon's back line twice more to tee up further goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio added: "Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode".

"What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive", Messi told MARCA.

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.

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Following his brace in FC Barcelona's win over Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, superstar Lionel Messi reached yet another terrific personal milestone.

"We played a great first half, then from a moment's distraction it was 2-1 and we had five or 10 delicate minutes", said Barca striker Suarez. Ronaldo's Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final.

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

"We'll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet".

Coach Ernesto Valverde said at his post-match press conference: "It was an important game for him (Coutinho) as it was for everyone, our club and our team".