Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League season with a comfortable 5-1 win over Viktoria Pilsen at the Nou Camp.
Franck Kessie headed the LaLiga side ahead after 13 minutes before Pilsen thought they had been awarded a penalty for a foul on winger John Mosquera by Andreas Christensen, but the decision was overturned after a VAR review.
Lewandowski scored a second goal in the 34th minute, his sixth Barcelona goal since moving from Bayern Munich in the summer.
Jan Sykora made the traveling Czech fans celebrate as he passed Marc-Andre ter Stegen while VAR decided the goal on the side.
However, Lewandowski extended Barca’s lead further when he headed in a cross from Ousmane Dembele in first-half injury time.
The Polish striker completed his treble in the 67th minute when he volleyed home from the edge of the Pilsen box and took his personal tally to 89 Champions League goals, with substitute Ferran Torres adding a fifth.
In the other Group C game, Bayern won 2-0 at Inter Milan with an early goal from Leroy Sane and a second-half own goal from defender Danilo D’Ambrosio.
Napoli made their mark in Group A with an impressive 4-1 home win over Liverpool.
Piotr Zielinski gave the Partenopei an early lead after a handball from James Milner with a penalty.
Napoli then had another chance to extend their lead from the penalty spot after a VAR check for a foul by Virgil Van Dijk, but Victor Osimhen saw his penalty saved.
Andre Zambo Anguissa doubled the lead in the 31st minute and substitute Giovanni Simeone scored a third just before half-time.
Things got even worse for the Reds shortly after the restart as Zielinski scored a fourth after a save on his first try and Luis Diaz quickly scored a consolation goal for the shocked Premier League side.
Rangers’ first game of the Champions League group stage after a 12-year absence ended in a 4-0 defeat at Ajax – where the Scottish side trailed 3-0 within 33 minutes.
Edson Alvarez, Steven Berghuis and Mohammed Kudus put the Dutch under control before Rangers defender Borna Barisic saw a second-half goal ruled out by VAR and Steven Bergwijn scored a fourth with 10 minutes left.
Tottenham opened their Group D season with a 2-0 home win against Marseille, who played with 10 men for most of the second half.
Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba was shown a straight red card in the 47th minute after bringing down Heung-Min Son outside the box.
Spurs’ pressure finally showed itself with 14 minutes to go when Richarlison nodded from an Ivan Perisic cross to score his first goal for the north London club.
Signed by Everton, the Brazilian then doubled his tally with another close-range header late on.
Sporting Lisbon won 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt with second-half goals from Marcus Edwards, Trincao and Nuno Santos.
Late drama erupted in Group B at the Metropolitano stadium as Antoine Griezmann came on well into injury time and Atletico Madrid scored 2-1 against Porto.
There was a lengthy delay in the second half when Porto midfielder Otavio was carried away on a stretcher following a collision.
Porto were then reduced to 10 men with nine minutes remaining after striker Mehdi Taremi received a second yellow card.
Atletico thought they had won when Mario Hermoso’s shot deflected early in around 11 minutes of injury time, only for Mateus Uribe to equalize from a penalty spot after a handball.
There was late drama, however, when Griezmann – who was brought off the bench again just after the hour mark amid reports the club didn’t want to trigger a clause to buy him permanently from Barca – dozed off from a corner to savagely Celebrations trigger the home aid.
Club Brugge beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at the Jan Breydel Stadium with a goal from defender Abakar Sylla late in the first half after goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky went over the line from a corner.
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