SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, (THEWILL) – FC Barcelona were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Olympique Lyonnais in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) last 16 first leg tie on Tuesday as Bayern Munich showed all their UCL experience and quality organisation as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 in Anfield.
The result ensured that both Barca and Lyon remained unbeaten in this season’s competition.
The La Liga leaders dominated the match at the Groupama Stadium but lacked accuracy upfront and were grateful to their goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen who made two great saves while Lyon were lively in the first half but ran out of steam after the break.
They were holding on in the closing stages as Lionel Messi tried in vain to open up the home defence as Barca had a total of 25 shots but only five on target and their best chance came in the last minute.
The second leg will be at the Nou Camp on March 13, a game where Lyon will welcome back France striker and captain Nabil Fekir, who was suspended on Tuesday.
Barca have now failed to win any of their last six away games in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, with their last victory coming at Arsenal in February 2016.
For Bayern, the result from the first leg game of their last 16 pairing leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13 but the German side will be without defender Joshua Kimmich who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.