The 31-year-old put his side ahead with a flawless Panenka penalty within the first 20 minutes of the match.
Lyon goalscorer Tousart had little complaint about the final result and said his side were powerless to deal with Messi. Ajax, for example, showed that they're an unbelievable team of youngsters and they don't fear anyone.
"It'll be hard no matter who we face".
"There was a bit of suffering after they made it 2-1, as we'd made it tough for ourselves at a set piece".
Valverde also echoed Messi's sentiments with regard to the draw.
Messi opened the scoring by converting a controversial penalty awarded for a Jason Denayer foul on Luis Suarez with a Panenka effort.
Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a flawless 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.
Genesio said in quotes on his club's official website: "I saw a first period where we suffered a lot".
"We always knew it would be like this. He is one of the best players of all time, a genius". "The important thing is that we got the third goal and then we were far calmer".
"We have to concede they were better than us".
Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was hurt in a collision with Coutinho while the score was 1-0 and received lengthy treatment before continuing, only to then be substituted for Mathieu Gorgelin shortly after the Brazilian made it 2-0.
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