FC Barcelona started the Champions League season on Tuesday with a 5-1 win over Ferencváros, with Lionel Messi reaching a milestone and giving Frenkie de Jong a nice assist. Earlier in the evening, Ruud Vormer played an important role in Club Brugge’s winning goal against FC Zenit (1-2).
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After Barcelona got away a few times against Ferencváros in an empty Camp Nou, trainer Ronald Koeman saw how Messi opened the score from a penalty. The star player has now scored in 16 different Champions League seasons and is the record holder together with Ryan Giggs.
Even before half-time it became 2-0, when Ansu Fati hit the target after a nice bow ball from De Jong. In the second half, Philippe Coutinho made it 3-0 after a nice attack via Messi and Fati.
A blemish on the victory was a red card for Gerard Piqué, who assaulted a broken player. The penalty awarded was used by Ihor Kharatin, but Barcelona substitutes Pedri and Ousmane Dembélé still ensured a big result.
A big test with Barcelona awaits Koeman on Saturday, when arch-rival Real Madrid visits the Camp Nou. Four days later, a game with Juventus in the Champions League follows.
Dynamo Kiev-Juventus, the other match in group F, ended in 0-2 earlier in the evening by two hits from Álvaro Morata. At Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo – he is infected with the corona virus – and Matthijs de Ligt, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, was missing.
In group H, Club Brugge took the lead at FC Zenit after the break through a goal by Emmanuel Dennis. The match seemed to end in a draw when Dejan Lovren hit the post and Bruges keeper Ethan Horvath.
In the 93rd minute, the Belgians took the victory after all, when captain Vormer passed the ball to Charles De Ketelaere, who scored from close range. Noa Lang, who came over from Ajax, joined Club Brugge in the final phase.
Later in the evening, Lazio was 3-1 too strong for Borussia Dortmund in-house. At half time it was already 2-0 by Ciro Immobile and Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, who was credited with an own goal.
In the second half, Erling Haaland made the connection goal (his eleventh goal in nine Champions League games), but the result was determined by Lazio forward Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro.
Club Brugge recorded a great victory over FC Zenit. (Photo: ANP)