Robert Lewandowski He scored an impressive hat-trick in his first Champions League game for Barcelona as his new side kicked off their European campaign with a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
after, after Frank Casey Putting Barcelona ahead in the 13th minute, Lewandowski took charge. Scored two goals before the end of the first half, on both sides of a Jan Sikora The goal that temporarily brought back Plzen’s hopes of getting something out of the game.
Lewandowski completed his sixth Champions League hat-trick in the middle of the second half before Ferran Torres Finalize the score line with a powerful shot.
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Lewandowski saw the trio break the tie with him Karim Benzema He is ranked third as the top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 89 goals. He also became the first player in the history of the competition to score a hat-trick for three different clubs. The Polish striker now has eight goals in five games for Barcelona since arriving from Bayern Munich in the summer.
“So Robert is insatiable,” said Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez.
“The way he trains, the way he helps the team, his humility, his work rate… I can’t praise him enough because it’s not just about his treble, it’s the way he works, how he knows that dominates the pace of the match.”
Several of Barcelona’s summer deals came to the fore in the eventful first half. Casey scored his first Champions League goal to start scoring with a close-range header after another new arrival Jules Conde Angled head on his way.
Lewandowski’s first goal in the 34th minute was the group’s selection. After a run through the middle of Sergio RobertLewandowski pinned himself to the edge of the box and placed his side foot in the corner of the net with pinpoint accuracy.
He had an easier job in the third minute of injury time in the first half. Ousmane Dembele He put in the bulk of the action, getting the ball back on the right wing before delivering a superb cross that left the Plzen goalkeeper stranded, and Lewandowski had the chance for a simple header at the back post.
Before he walked away from them, Plzen gave concerns to the hosts in the opening period. The Czech champion got a penalty kick in the 24th minute before it was overturned after the video assistant technology learned about it John MosqueraBarcelona defender elbow hit Andreas Christensen In his face before the Plzen striker fell in front of the goal.
Plzen scored their goal in the 44th minute when Sikora headed home from a distance of a Vaclav Jemelka across But Lewandowski quickly made sure that it would be of little importance.
Reclaiming Barcelona’s two-goal lead just before the first half, Lewandowski put the match out of hand with another effort in a perfect position from outside the penalty area in the 67th minute. The man who made the effort, Torres, then secured a goal of his own with an unbelievable shot. Stopped by Dembele’s broken ball over the defense.
“It was a full match, we controlled them,” Xavi added.
“They defended well, they put our marks in front of us but Dembele was great and Lewandowski made the difference. We were the superior team and I’m happy with the players who came off the bench as well as those who started. He-she.”
Barcelona will be next in the Champions League when they visit Lewandowski’s former club, Bayern Munich, next Tuesday. Plzen will meet the last Inter Milan team in Group C on the same day.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.