Viktoria Plzen 5-1 Robert Lewandowski fires hat trick as Barcelona beat

European season with a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plze

Robert Lewandowski looked stunning in his Champions League debut at Barcelona on Wednesday as his new team began the European season with a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plze at the Camp Nou. Hat-trick scored.
Lewandowski took charge after Frank Casey put Barcelona ahead in the 13th minute. He scored twice before half-time to the right and left of Jan Sikora’s goal, which temporarily restored Pilsen’s hopes of getting something out of the game.
Fran Torres finished with a crucial volley before Lewandowski completed his sixth Champions League hat-trick in the middle of the second half. – Stream on ESPN: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS and more (USA)

Lewandowski’s hat-trick broke the tie against Karim Benzema, scoring 89 goals, making him the third all-time top scorer in Champions League history. He also became the first player in the history of the tournament to score hat-tricks for three different clubs. The Polish striker has scored eight goals in five appearances for Barcelona since joining Bayern Munich in the summer.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said: “Robert will never be satisfied.” “The way he trains, the way he helps the team, his humility, his pace… I can’t praise him enough because it’s not just his hat-trick, it’s his job.” He knows how to master the pace of the game,” Xavi said.

First Champions League goal

Many of Barcelona’s summer signings came to the fore in a spectacular first half. Casey scored his first Champions League goal and opened the scoring with a header from close range after fellow newcomer Jules Kunde went into a corner.
Lewandowski’s first goal came in the 34th minute. Following Sergi Roberto’s central pass, Lewandowski secured himself at the edge of the penalty area and went sideways into the corner of the net with precision and accuracy.

He did something easy in the third minute of the first half. Ousmane Dembele worked hard, brought the ball back into the right wing and made a graceful cross that trapped the Plzen keeper and a simple header over the oblique post with Lewandowski.
Plzen gave them some intimidation before turning their backs on the hosts in the first round. The Czech champions got a penalty in the 24th minute when VAR showed that Jon Mosquera’s elbow hit Barcelona defender Andreas Christensen in the face before the Plzen striker went under goal.

Plz scored in the 44th minute when Sikora scored from a Huckalf Zemerka cross, but Lewandowski quickly confirmed it didn’t matter. After beating Barca by two in the final minute of the first half, Lewandowski took the game away with a right shot from outside the box in the 67th minute. Torres, who fired the shot, smashed his goal through the defense with an unstoppable volley off a chipped ball from Dembele. “It was a great match, we beat them,” Xavi said.
He defended well and put us a man down, but Dembele was excellent and Lewandowski made the difference. We were the better team and were happy with the players coming off the bench and the players starting. Everyone was really on board,” he said.

Barcelona next play in the Champions League next Tuesday when they visit Bayern Munich, Lewandowski’s former club. Plzen will face the last Inter Milan team in Group C on the same day.

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