Messi matches shot failure record and Suarez reaches 24 hours without an away Champions League goal as Barcelona huff and puff against Lyon

By | 20th February 2019

LUIS SUAREZ drew a blank yet again for Barcelona in an away Champions League tie during their goalless draw against Lyon.

The 32-year-old has now went 24 hours without finding the back of the net in a European tie on the road.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez failed to score yet again away from home in the Champions League
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His last strike away from the Nou Camp was against Roma at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015.

And even more worrying for Barca fans is the fact he has now banged in just four goals in his last 24 games in the Champions League.

But his form isn’t a concern for boss Ernesto Valverde, who said: “It doesn’t worry me. It would worry me if he wasn’t getting chances, which is what you ask for from a centre-forward.

“Even if he doesn’t have chances, he creates them for his team-mates. Opponents are frightened of him.

Lionel Messi had a total of nine attempts on goal during the 0-0 draw against Lyon
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Barcelona have it all to do in last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp on March 13
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“Football is like that and strikers will have these streaks. The important thing is to have chances.”

Suarez’s team-mate Lionel Messi also had a night to forget in France as Lyon somehow go into the second leg at the Nou Camp on level terms.

The Argentinian ace registered a whopping nine shots on goal against Bruno Genesio’s men – four more than what the home side mustered up.

Messi’s total amount of efforts was the joint-highest total without scoring in the competition this season – tied with Suarez against Inter Milan and Cristiano Ronaldo vs Valencia.

The La Liga side are now winless in their last six away Champions League knockout games
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Barcelona are now winless in last six away knockout matches in the Champions League, while they have also failed to score in five of those fixtures.

Speaking on the second leg, Valverde said: “We have created a lot of chances, but football is a matter of success and today we have not had it.

“The tie is in the air, 0-0 is a dangerous result, we will not kid ourselves.

“I do not think it is very easy to win away from home in the Champions League.

“We have absolutely dominated and they have not lost any match in this competition so far this season.

“Lyon had chances in the beginning but we came back well and we controlled the game until the end.”

This post written by Jake Lambourne originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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