New summer season signing Franck Kessié headed house to open the scoring, earlier than Lewandowski — who joined the Spanish giants from Bayern Munich through the switch window — discovered his scoring contact.
The 34-year-old bent house a pleasant first aim from the sting of the field earlier than Jan Sykora headed previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the stroke of halftime to offer the Czech champions a glimmer of hope.
Nevertheless, Lewandowski shut that door simply minutes later, his diving header on the again publish reinstating Barça’s two-goal lead as the primary half ticked away.
Halfway via the second half, the Polish striker had his first hat-trick for his new membership when — in a mirror picture of his first aim — he curled previous the despairing Jindřich Staněk within the Plzen aim.
Ferrán Torres wrapped up a profitable afternoon for Barça supervisor Xavi as he blasted house from Ousmane Dembélé’s pleasant chip.
Lewandowski’s hat-trick makes him the primary ever participant to attain a Champions League hat-trick with three totally different golf equipment — Borussia Dortmund, Bayern and now Barça. He’s additionally simply the ninth participant to attain a hat-trick on their Champions League debut with a membership.
Afterwards, Xavi referred to as Lewandowski “insatiable” for objectives.
“The way he trains, the way he helps the team, his humility, his work-rate… I can’t praise him enough because it’s not just about his hat-trick, it’s the way he works, how he knows to dominate the tempo of the game,” Xavi mentioned.
He added: “It was a complete game, we dominated them. They defended well, they man-marked us but Dembélé was brilliant and Lewandowski made the difference. We were the superior team and I’m delighted with the players who came off the bench as well as those who started. Everyone was really up for it.”
The hat-trick efficiency continues Lewandowski’s scorching begin to life in Spain; the striker has now scored eight objectives in his first 5 video games.
It is also the right heat up for Lewandowski’s return to face Bayern in subsequent week’s Champions League conflict between his new and previous golf equipment.
Lewandowski joined the Catalan large for $46.1 million plus $5.12 million in additions in July having scored 344 objectives in 375 appearances for Bayern, second most for the membership behind Gerd Müller.
On the dying
In Madrid, Wednesday’s most dramatic sport was going down between Atlético Madrid and Porto as three objectives after the ninetieth minute offered an exhilarating finish on the Metropolitano Stadium.
A stodgy common time concluded with Porto being despatched all the way down to 10 males after Mehdi Taremi was proven his second yellow card for diving.
Atlético defender Mario Hermoso’s looping shot within the 91st minute regarded to have settled the tie, just for Porto to be awarded a penalty within the 96th minute after Hermoso was deemed to have dealt with the ball.
Mateus Uribe transformed from the spot to degree the scores, however the drama was not over there.
Because the clock ticked into three digits, Antoine Griezmann nodded house from shut vary within the one hundred and first minute to spark wild scenes of celebration, with Atleti manger Diego Simeone operating to rejoice along with his gamers.
It is just the second time in Champions League historical past the place there have been three objectives within the ninetieth minute or later, excluding additional time. Oddly sufficient, the primary time it occurred was a fixture between the 2 identical groups final December.