Successful return! After a whirlwind spell in the Europa League last season, FC Barcelona returned brilliantly to the Champions League on Wednesday at Camp Nou, beating modest Czech club Viktoria Plzen 5-1 as expected thanks to a hat-trick from rookie Robert Lewandowski. Midfielder Franck Kessié opened the scoring in the 13th minute deflecting a header from Jules Koundé on a corner, then it was Lewandowski, as from the start of the season, who led the Blaugrana to victory.
The last European Golden Boot first adjusted a shot from the right (34th), then took advantage of a magnificent work by Ousmane Dembélé on his right wing to double the lead: just before half-time (45th + 3) , the French winger knitted in the area, loses the ball, then adjusts a perfect slide tackle before depositing a millimeter ball on the Pole’s head. And before the ovation at the exit, “Dembouz” showed himself again in the 71st, depositing a sublime ladle for the 5-1 signed in the area by Ferran Torres. At the origin of Lewandowski’s hat-trick there is also Ferran: four minutes earlier (67 °), on the pivot, he delivered a ball to the goalscorer, who touched him from the right towards the base of the right post.
“Lewy” deals, before Bayern
“Lewy” once again delighted the crowd, with in particular a greedy heel from Pedri, who saw his shot blocked at the last minute by Vaclav Jemelka (40th). The former Bayern player has scored 8 goals in 5 official matches at Barça. He is still fighting a long-distance battle with Karim Benzema, injured in the 30th minute the day before at Celtic Park, for the rank of 3rd top scorer in C1 history. “Lewy” (89 goals) has a three-point lead over “KB9” (86), who has played another 36 games in C1 (143 against 107). In this one-way match Xavi was still raging: in the 24th minute the blaugrana got scared, because the referee whistled a penalty and pulled the red card for Andreas Christensen out of his pocket …
But the Danish defender remained on the ground, the victim of a violent push by Jhon Mosquera. The referee then went to review the action, and overturned his decision, annulling the penalty and finally sanctioning Mosquera with a yellow. The real jump will come in the 44th minute, just before Dembélé’s reply: while the Blaugrana defense forgets about a dragging shot from the left wing, Jemelka crosses and finds Jan Sykora with a head, closing the gap. This performance at the Camp Nou is welcome to forget that a year ago the Catalans sank 3-0 at the start of the 2021-2022 Champions League against Bayern … which Lewandowski will meet again in Munich on Tuesday.