Reuters BarcelonaMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 09:41 IST Messi opened the scoring with a “Panenka” penalty in the 17th minute (AP Photo)Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.Barca captain Messi opened the scoring with a “Panenka” penalty chipped straight down the middle in the 17th minute after Luis Suarez was fouled in the area, putting the home side ahead in the tie after a goalless first leg in France.Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a perfect pass for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an open net and double Barca’s lead, although Lyon hauled themselves back into contention with a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart.Messi soon killed off any hopes of an unlikely comeback from the French side, however, carving his way through the defence to score in the 78th minute before toying with Lyon’s back line twice more and laying off passes for Gerard Pique and then Ousmane Dembele to complete the rout.”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.”We always knew it would be like this. The important thing is that we got the third goal and then we were far calmer.”Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had warned his side of complacency after Paris St Germain and Real Madrid’s surprise exits, and his words carried more weight after Atletico Madrid were knocked out by Juventus despite a 2-0 first leg win.advertisementHis side were in a more vulnerable position as a score draw would have sent them out, and they began the game as if they meant business, with Messi firing an early shot which Lopes had to beat away for a corner.Lyon’s Lopes had to be taken off injured later in the first half, leaving the field in tears after taking a blow to the face, with Mathieu Gorgelin replacing him and making his Champions League debut.MESSI SETTLES BARCA NERVESBarca looked unsettled for a brief period after Tousart’s goal had put Lyon one goal away from knocking the Catalans out, and the home side defended with an air of panic.But Messi soon eased their nerves, toying with Lyon’s defence before releasing a shot too powerful for Gorgelin to stop.He continued to torment the visitors, gifting defender Pique a sliding tap-in with a beautiful pass and then setting up substitute Dembele.Barca reached the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the 12th consecutive season and will be Spain’s only representatives in Friday’s quarter-final draw.Lyon goalscorer Tousart had little complaint about the final result and said his side were powerless to deal with Messi.”We have to concede they were better than us. We weren’t up to the challenge and we were up against a great team, and in the end we were well beaten,” he said.”There was no anti-Messi plan, and it’s so difficult to defend against a player of his quality. He has instinctive talent.”Lyon coach Bruno Genesio added: “Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode. He’s a genius and can do things that nobody else can. Sometimes he is just unstoppable.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow Barcelona vs LyonFollow FC BarcelonaFollow Olympique LyonnaisFollow UEFA Champions League Champions League: Messi fires Barcelona into quarter-finals after 5-1 win over LyonBarcelona reached the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the 12th consecutive season and will be Spain’s only representatives in Friday’s quarter-final draw.advertisement Next
TORONTO — Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust says it will pay $231.5-million to acquire four Ontario shopping centres anchored by Walmart stores.Two of the centres are in Ottawa and the neighbouring Kanata, while the other two are in Niagara Falls and Port Perry, which is north of Oshawa.The Ottawa property includes a five-storey office tower.Calloway says all four shopping centres a fully occupied and will immediately add to the real estate trust’s funds from operations.It is one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trust, with about $7-billion of assets following this transaction.Calloway says it was the successful bidder for the properties, which have been owned jointly by Walmart and SmartCentres Realty Inc.
Cobalt 27 Capital Corp has received confirmation from Vale of the start of the Voisey’s Bay transition to underground mining with the first blast at the Reid Brook portal rock face of the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion (VBME), located in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.“Congratulations to the Vale team on this important milestone. The blast, which was ahead of schedule, is the first of thousands that will take place over the life of the project, and is a key milestone marking the commencement of underground construction of the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion, which is expected to be an important source of cobalt outside of the DRC. Construction activities on the Voisey’s Bay underground mine are now focused on starting the underground development on all four declines with significant initial construction planned through to the end of 2018 into early 2019.” commented Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO, Cobalt 27.On June 28, 2018, Cobalt 27 announced that the company had closed its acquisition of a $300 million cobalt stream on Vale’s Voisey’s Bay Mine including from the planned VBME. The company’s 32.6% Cobalt Stream is expected to deliver approximately 1.9 Mlb/y of cobalt to Cobalt 27, to be settled in physical delivery for the life of the mine, commencing January 1, 2021. Vale announced its plans to proceed with the construction of the VBME on June 11, 2018, and is expected to have its first full year of production in 2021. Total estimated capital expenditures to complete construction and commissioning of the VBME are estimated by Vale to be bout $1.7 billion. Vale expects with VBME to extend Voisey’s Bay’s mine life to 2034.