Barca ease to victory

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A Francois Clerc own goal in the first half and late strikes from Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry gave Barcelona a comfortable 3-0 victory over Lyon in their Group E Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.

It was one-way traffic for much of the contest and the Barca onslaught started early as Frank Rijkaard´s side took the lead with 22 minutes gone. Ronaldinho fed Messi, who skipped past two challenges and drilled a low angled shot towards Remy Vercoutre´s far post which Clerc inadvertently deflected past his goalkeeper.

Messi rolled the ball precisely past Vercoutre to double the home side´s advantage after 82 minutes and there was more to come as Henry poke the ball home from close-range late on to score his first Barcelona goal.

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