Yesterday, the matches for the UEFA Champions League were nothing short of memorable. While Barcelona engaged in an absolute destruction of Bayer Leverkusen, history was being written at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
Barcelona's relentless performance against Bayer Leverkusen provided Lionel Messi with a record that we won't see beaten in our lifetimes. Messi is the first player ever to have scored five goals in a Champions League match.
What was most impressive of it is that it wasn't a regular match. He did it on the last leg of the first knockout stage.
In Cyprus, the warriors of APOEL Nicosia scored early in the first half to tie Lyon in the aggregate score. Then, Constantinos Charalambides put forth the greatest performance ever by a player from Cyprus to keep Lyon at bay for most of the game.
After Charalambides left the game for Marcinho, APOEL lost its attacking impetus and Lyon started creating more chances, though, none too dangerous for keeper Dionisis Chiotis. The defenses played very well through the final minutes and through overtime, which led the game to the penalty shootout.
After both teams scored the first three chances. Alexander Lacazette made a pitiful effort that was saved by Chiotis. Ivan Trickovski scored for APOEL on their fourth try and sealed their ticket to the quarterfinals.
Here are seven lessons we learned from this match day.