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Six arrested after fights ahead of Barcelona CL game

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Spanish police say they have made six arrests and attended to five injuries from clashes between fan groups before Barcelona’s Champions League match against Lyon.

[ RECAP: Bayern 1-3 (1-3 agg.) Liverpool ]

Barcelona city police say arrested five men – three Polish nationals supporting Lyon and two Spaniards supporting Barcelona – after a clash near Camp Nou ahead of Wednesday’s game.

They attended to five Lyon fans who had received non-serious injuries.

The regional police for Catalonia also say they arrested one man for hitting an officer.

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Messi magic as Barcelona crushes Lyon (video)

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Lionel Messi put on another masterclass as Barcelona buried Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday at the Camp Nou to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Messi saw Ronaldo’s hat trick versus Atletico Madrid, and raised him a Man of the Match display of his own with two goals and two assists.

Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique, and Philippe Coutinho also scored for Barca in the win, while Lucas Tousart scored for Lyon.

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was always likely to be a key component of any French upset, and stopped Lionel Messi inside of the first five minutes.

Former Man City man Jason Denayer took down Luis Suarez after Messi slipped him into the box, and Messi made no mistake with a chipped penalty after VAR upheld the decision.

Coutinho made it 2-0 in the 31st minute, on the scene to push a goal home after Suarez cut through the Lyon back line.

The French side didn’t walk away, though, and scored its goal through Tousart in the 65th minute.

But have you guys and girls heard of this Messi character? He scored the side’s third goal before cueing up Pique and Dembele for their insurance tallies.

UCL Live: Bayern Munich v. Liverpool; Barcelona v. Lyon

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The last remaining UEFA Champions League quarterfinal places are set to be decided on Wednesday, when Bayern Munich and Liverpool, alongside Barcelona and Lyon, settle their respective round-of-16 ties.

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With each tie sits perilously on edge after scoreless first legs, hosted by Liverpool and Lyon, there’s no risk of an epic collapse — similar to that of Atletico Madrid on Tuesday — for either side.

Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s games, while we will have you covered here at Pro Soccer Talk with analysis and reaction from both games.

Wednesday’s UCL last 16 schedule

Bayern Munich v. Liverpool – 4 p.m. ET kick off (0-0 on aggregate)

Barcelona v. Lyon – 4 p.m. ET kick off (0-0 on aggregate)

UEFA Champions League Weds. preview: Salah time and Lyon’s opportunity

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Liverpool’s going to need to score on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena, preferably before penalty kicks, and the Reds have just the guy to do that.

Mohamed Salah is on a five-match dry spell in terms of goals, but the Egyptian star has done plenty of playmaking in the interim.

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He’ll be getting plenty of attention from Bayern Munich, because Liverpool can advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals via a win or scoring draw.

Still, there’s no question he could use production on a big stage like this, as he continues to draw comparisons to some of the game’s greats. While Salah has been sensational in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals with seven assists in 30 games, he’s simply been pretty good in the UCL (three goals, no assists, in seven games).

He’s completing 69 percent of his passes in the UCL compared to 76 in the PL, and 2.1 dribbles per game compared to one. With plenty of respect to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and an acknowledgment that the standard UCL match brings more attention than the standard PL game, that’s not going to cut it.

As for Wednesday’s other second leg, Lyon has a chance to spring a monumental upset of Barcelona and turn the whole competition on its ear.

Barca and Lyon played a scoreless draw in France, meaning a score draw can do the trick for the Ligue 1 visitors on Wednesday.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has maybe the pick of the quote litter, when it comes to the challenge faced by his club.

“It will be terribly difficult. The stadium will be full with one of the best teams in the world. We have a great desire to show that a French team can go further. It would be historic. It would be an unpretentious feat, but in line with what we want to do. This team plays brilliantly against top opposition.

“It’s a pleasure to come here, but there’s also the risk of leaving with less pleasure than when we arrived. Don’t be overwhelmed, but at the same time realize that this is a great opportunity. The squad believes in itself.”

Who goes through from the 0-0 match-ups?

Champions League last 16 score predictions

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The final four games of the UEFA Champions League last 16 stage take place this week, as four more slots remain for the quarterfinals.

[ LIVE: Champions League scores ]

With both Tottenham and Manchester United in the last eight, will Liverpool and Man City join them? City have a slender 3-2 lead against Schalke ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, while Liverpool head to Bayern Munich with the scores locked at 0-0.

Pep Guardiola will be feeling more confident than Jurgen Klopp is, but both teams have a very good chance of reaching the quarters. Elsewhere, Juventus have plenty of work to do in the second leg in Turin as Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. trail Atletico Madrid 2-0, while Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Lyon but you’d fancy them to take care of business at the Camp Nou.

Below you will find our score predictions for the four UCL last 16 games this week.


Tuesday

Man City 2-1 Schalke (Man City advance 5-3 on aggregate)
Juventus 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Atletico Madrid advance 3-2 on aggregate)

Wednesday

Barcelona 3-1 Lyon (Barcelona advance 3-1 on aggregate)
Bayern Munich 2-2 Liverpool (Liverpool advance on away goals)