In his debut Champions League match for Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski scored a fantastic hat trick, helping his new team defeat Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Lewandowski took over after Franck Kessie gave Barcelona the lead in the 13th minute. Prior to halftime, he scored twice, one on either side of a goal by Jan Sykora that briefly revived Plzen’s hopes of winning the game.
Midway through the second half, Lewandowski scored his sixth hat trick in the Champions League, and then, with a powerful volley, Ferran Torres added the final touches to the final score.
With 89 goals, Lewandowski now ranks alone as the third-highest scorer in Champions League history, breaking a tie with Karim Benzema. Additionally, he made history by becoming the first participant in the competition to score three hat tricks. Since joining Barcelona from Bayern Munich in the summer, the Poland striker has scored eight goals in five games.
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In an exciting first half, several of Barcelona’s summertime additions were prominently featured. Another newcomer, Jules Kounde, headed a corner into Kessie’s path, allowing him to score his first Champions League goal with a close-range header.
The best of the lot was Lewandowski’s first goal, which came in at minute 34. Lewandowski controlled himself on the edge of the box following a run across the middle from Sergi Roberto, and he side-footed the ball into the corner of the net with his signature perfect accuracy.
In the dying minutes of first-half stoppage time, he had an easier task. The majority of the work was done by Ousmane Dembele, who recovered possession of the ball on the right flank before delivering a gorgeous cross that gave Lewandowski the opportunity for a straightforward stooping header at the back post and left the Plzen goalkeeper dazed.