Champions League – Robert Lewandowski sees the triple and launches Barça against Viktoria Plzen

Champions League – Robert Lewandowski sees the triple and launches Barça against Viktoria Plzen

Champions League – Robert Lewandowski sees the triple and launches Barça against Viktoria Plzen

Barça rejoins the Champions League with joy. Xavi’s players started their European campaign with a resounding victory over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday in the first day of Group C (5-1). Franck Kessié opened the scoring (13th), Robert Lewandowski offered a hat-trick (35th, 45th + 3 and 67th) while Jan Sykora had reduced the mark (44th) and Ferran Torres (70th). The Catalans confirm their promising start to the season but the challenge will become more serious in a week on Bayern’s lawn, which went on to win at the same time as Inter (0-2).

Offensive from the first seconds, the Blaugrana immediately put a lot of work into defending the timid champions of the Czech Republic, who had to overcome three qualifying rounds before reaching the group stage. Ousmane Dembélé, but also the very active Sergi Roberto hits hard on the right. The former Rennais, however, also made a long and too soft pass against Jules Koundé, the unusual left central defender, who was overtaken by the Czech center forward Thomas Chory in the center circle before going to catch him in front of his zone (8 °).

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The two Barça French, however, immediately forgot this signal, because Dembélé got a corner and dropped the ball on Koundé’s head from six meters for a lineout that allowed Kessié to open the scoring from close range ( 1-0, 13 °). The Ivorian opened his door with his new team and launched the beautiful Catalan evening. The former Milanese once again tries his luck with a grazing comeback, but Jindrich Stanek captures her without trembling (22nd).

An imperial Barça in attack, not in defense

The game almost changed when the referee awarded Plzen a penalty after seeing Andreas Christensen holding Jhon Mosquera. The Danish defender was also about to receive a red card but the VAR intervened and instead sanctioned the attacker for an elbow in the face of the opponent and the penalty was finally canceled (26th). Recovered from this fright, Barça immediately went on the attack and Lewandowski doubled the bet with a perfectly accurate axial shot (2-0, 34th).

Available, restless and very at ease technically, the Polish serial scorer also allowed his team to redo the break with a diving header from Dembélé’s cross just before half-time (3-1, 45 ° + 3) . Viktoria Plzen had in fact reduced the score in one of her very rare offensives with Sykora on a cross from Vaclav Jemelka (44th).

Lewandowski sees the triple

Gerard Piqué replaced Sergi Roberto in recovery and Koundé moved to the right of the Barcelona defense (46th). Xavi’s men were able to play their offensive game quietly and Lewandowski blocked the net by scoring with an axial shot near the left post of Stanek, who however did not deserve it on the Camp Nou lawn and made many saves (4-1 , 67 °).

Entering the game in place of the more discreet Ansu Fati, Torres took advantage of a ladle from Dembélé to place the ball under the crossbar with a superb volley in the match (5-1, 71 °). Barça accomplished their mission of the day by outclassing the weakest opponent of a very tough group. The next few episodes will be of a different caliber, especially against Bayern who inflicted two heavy 3-0 defeats on him last year before expelling him from the group stage. This time, however, Lewandowski will be on the Catalan side.

Andreas Christensen (FC Barcelona) vs Tomas Chory (Viktoria Plzen)

Credit: Eurosport

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