"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".
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.
Ethiopia black boxes bound for Europe, crash pilot had in-plane issues
The FAA said Monday that it will require Boeing to improve how its flight control systems work, along with other design changes. Each flight crashed minutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.
Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home
Cali is the highest-ranking member of a crime family to be murdered in New York in decades, New York ABC station WABC reported . Cali, 53, was shot several times in the Todt Hill district of Staten Island on Wednesday evening and died later in hospital.
Cardinal George Pell sentencing to be watched across the world
Almost 100 people lined up outside the doors of the courtroom this morning, including media from around the world and protesters. While some people think Pell's sentencing was light, Chief Judge Kidd made sure the Cardinal knew the brevity of his crimes.
"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".