Robert Lewandowski scores a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Viktoria Plzen

Robert Lewandowski scores a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Viktoria Plzen

Robert Lewandowski scores a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Viktoria Plzen

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick when Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen at Camp Nou.

Franck Kessie gave the La Liga side the lead after 13 minutes, before Plzen thought he had received a penalty for Andreas Christensen’s foul on winger John Mosquera, but the decision was overturned following a VAR review.

Lewandowski scored a second in the 34th minute, his sixth goal for Barcelona since a summer transfer from Bayern Munich.

Jan Sykora celebrated Czech away support when he headed over Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with VAR deciding the onside goal.

Lewandowski, however, further extended Barca’s lead when he nodded to Ousmane Dembele’s cross in first-half injury time.

The Polish forward completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute when he took home a volley from the edge of the Plzen penalty area, bringing his personal tally to 89 Champions League goals, with substitute Ferran Torres making added a fifth.

In the other Group C game, Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Inter with an opening goal from Leroy Sane and an own goal in the second half from defender Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Napoli set a scorer in Group A with an impressive 4-1 home victory over Liverpool.

Piotr Zielinski put the Partenopei ahead from the spot after a James Milner handball.

Napoli then had another chance to extend their lead from the spot after a review of the VAR for a foul by Virgil Van Dijk, but Victor Osimhen had his penalty saved.

Andre Zambo Anguissa doubled the lead in the 31st minute and substitute Giovanni Simeone then scored the third goal just before half-time.

Things got worse for the Reds shortly after the restart, when Zielinski knocked into fourth place after his initial attempt was saved, with Luis Diaz quickly scoring a consolation goal for the distraught Premier League side.

Rangers’ first match in the Champions League group stage after a 12-year absence ended in a 4-0 defeat at Ajax, where the Scottish side lost 3-0 in 33 minutes.

Edson Alvarez, Steven Berghuis and Mohammed Kudus gave the Dutch total control, before Rangers defender Borna Barisic saw a second-half goal canceled by VAR and Steven Bergwijn scored his fourth with 10 minutes left.

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Richarlison scored two goals in the second half, his first goals for Tottenham (Andrew Matthews / PA)

Tottenham opened their season in Group D with a 2-0 home win over Marseille, who played much of the second half in 10 men.

In the 47th minute Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba was sent off immediately after knocking Heung-Min Son out of the penalty area.

The Spurs pressure was finally revealed with 14 minutes remaining when Richarlison nodded to Ivan Perisic’s cross to score his first goal for the North London club.

The Brazilian, signed by Everton, then doubled with another header from close range in the final.

Sporting Lisbon won 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt with second-half goals from Marcus Edwards, Trincao and Nuno Santos.

In Group B, there was final drama at the Metropolitano stadium when Antoine Griezmann stepped off the bench to score deep in injury time when Atletico Madrid beat Porto 2-1.

There was a long delay during the second half when the Porto Otavio midfielder was carried away on a stretcher after a collision.

Porto were then reduced to 10 men with nine minutes left after striker Mehdi Taremi collected a second yellow card.

Atletico thought they had won when Mario Hermoso’s shot was deflected at the start of about 11 minutes of injury time, only for Mateus Uribe who equalized from the spot following a hand ball.

There was, however, a drama in the finale when Griezmann – again ejected from the bench shortly after the hour amid the news that the club did not want to activate a clause to buy him outright from Barca – nodded from a corner to spark cheers. wild from home care.

Club Brugge beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at the Jan Breydel stadium with a goal from defender Abakar Sylla at halftime after goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky fell with the ball over the corner line.

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