The Barcelona exceeded Lyon (3-2) thanks to a penalty at the last minute, transformed by the Venezuelan Alejandro Marqués, in a match that he had to overcome and as a prize he will be able to defend his continental crown in the final four of the UEFA Youth League, the Junior Champions League, which will be held from April 26 to 29 in Nyon (Switzerland).
The Lyon was planted in the Miniestadi without any complex, and from the early stages of the game made clear their arguments to win: high pressure and a physical superiority suitable to come out against. Those tricks were not slow in giving, as Ndicka Natam overtook the French in the 11th minute, delicately completing a great counterattack.
The goal, early and because it did not seem an accident, took the current champion on foot changed. The pupils of Denis Silva tried to react through the ball, which facilitated some arrival in the area, but the unrest took over the Catalans every time Lyon put a foot in the opposite field.
A penalty converted by Marqués put Barça in the semifinals for the fourth time in six years
However, Barcelona could end doubts in a stroke if Ansu had tied in the 21st minute, but the end could not overcome the departure of Barcola. And on the next play, Lyon pardoned the second. The Barca defense was forced to bail up to three shots point blank in that action.
The azulgranas improved in the last quarter of hour of the first act, but the tie did not arrive. The return to action brought with it a quieter Barca in their possessions and decided not to give so many counterattacks.
In addition, Lyon took a step back product of the confidence in extending their income in any isolated play. That tense calm gave way to the Barça storm. In the 57th minute, Monchu recovered from his previous error and tied the game by taking advantage of a dead ball in the small area at the exit of a corner.
Barcelona signed their comeback only four minutes later. Monchu returned to start an action on the balcony of the area and Mingueza gave continuity with a great service for Ansu, who crossed the net a low and precise shot.
Barça overcame Lyon's draw in 89
The lioness reaction to the comeback was furious, but the French met Tena. The azulgrana arquero drew a prodigious hand to a whiplash from the point of penalty of Kalulu.
As of that moment, the boys of Denis Silva looked for the ball again to order. The technician refreshed the team with a double change to combat the lioness attacks, when entering Mortimer and Nicolás González. The Catalan team thanked the physical presence of both players and managed to grant few chances of danger.
Lyon, however, did not lower their arms and tied the game in the 89th minute. The newly-entered Griffiths beat Tenas under the cross after finding a hole behind the home defense.
The crazy script of the party still had another chapter. In the last of the five minutes of added, Ansu stood alone in the Lyon area after a steal. A push prevented him from defining, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Marqués did not forgive from the eleven meters and, in the last breath, gave his team the ticket for Nyon, the fourth in six years.
Barcelona, 3 - Olympique Lyon, 2
Barcelona: You have; Sergi Rosanas, Mingueza, Álvaro Sanz, Mika Medina; Jandro Orellana (Antonio Jesús, min 55), Monchu (Nicolás González, min 73), Álex Collado (Peque, min 81); Konrad de la Fuente (Nils Mortimer, min 73), Marqués and Ansu.
Lyon: Barcola; Minolien (Griffiths, min 87), Kalulu, Solet, Bard; Soumare (Devarrewaere, min 80), Thomas, Caqueret, Ndicka Matam (Da Silva, min 87); Cherki (Gouiri, min 64) and Rafia (Coly, min 80).
Goals: 0-1: min 11, Ndicka Matam. 1-1: min 57, Monchu. 2-1: min 61, Ansu. 2-2: min 89, Griffiths. 3-2: min 96, Marquis, penalty.
Referee: Dennis Higler (HOL). He showed yellow to Monchu (min 2), to Ndicka Matam (min 27), to Ansu (min 68), to Marqués (min 68), to Álvaro Sanz (min 90) and to Coly (min 90) .
Incidents: Match of quarterfinals of the League of Young Champions played in the Miniestadi of Barcelona before 1,162 spectators