Robert Lewandowski scored a stunning hat-trick as Barcelona cruised to a win that was both expected and impressive in a game in which Plzen were blown away by their hosts’ inventiveness and speed.
Franck Kessie’s goal after Jules Kounde gained first contact following a corner showed how aggressively Barca pursued Plzen early on.
When Andreas Christensen spun Jhon Mosquera and pulled him down, it appeared as though a matter of how many, but the referee pointed on the spot and issued a red card. However, a review by the VAR revealed that Christensen’s foul really came after Mosquera’s elbow, hence the decision was overturned.
Lewandowski gave Barca a 2-0 lead shortly after with a wonderful finish. Though Jan Sykora drew a goal back for Plzen, Lewandowski headed his second and his team’s third goals in first-half injury time after excellent work from Ousmane Dembele.
When Plzen returned from the break, you worried for them, and sure enough, wonderful goals from Lewandowski and Torres, who came on as a substitute, furthered their deficit. However, that was the last goal scored, although you have a feeling that other teams will be affected by Barca’s attack this year.