Barcelona: Lionel Messi grew to become the primary participant to attain in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons as he guided 10-man Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Hungarian facet Ferencvaros of their Group G opener on the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Messi netted from the penalty spot within the first half for his 116th profession objective within the competitors, earlier than the vigorous Ansu Fati added a second.
Philippe Coutinho grabbed one other objective early within the second half however Barca defender Gerard Pique was dismissed for impeding Tokmac Nguen, resulting in a penalty for the guests that was transformed by Igor Kharatin.
Any ideas of a dramatic comeback had been quashed although as 17-year-old Pedri netted his first Barca objective after arriving from second-tier Las Palmas in the beginning of the season, and Ousmane Dembele added the fifth late on.
The Catalan facet transfer above Juventus on objective distinction on the top of the desk after the Italian champions gained 2-0 away at Dynamo Kyiv earlier on Tuesday. The pair meet in Turin on Oct. 28.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman left stalwart midfielder Sergio Busquets and striker Antoine Griezmann on the bench, maybe with one eye on Saturday’s `El Clasico` towards bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Ferencvaros are within the group levels for the primary time in 25 years and had their moments. Pacey striker Nguen produced a mazy run and superb end, however his effort was accurately dominated offside, while Brazilian midfielder Isael struck the angle of put up and crossbar with a fierce drive.
Messi handed his facet the lead after he each gained and transformed a penalty, citing one other milestone in his profession.
Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is the one other participant to internet in 16 Champions League seasons, although the run was not consecutive.
Fati then beat the offside entice from Frenkie de Jong`s lobbed move and steered the ball into the web on the volley, earlier than Coutinho profited from intricate build-up play by Messi and Fati to attain.
Ferencvaros, nonetheless, created what seemed like being a nervous remaining 20 minutes as Pique couldn’t deal with the tempo of Nguen and hauled the striker again within the box, seeing crimson for his indiscretion as Kharatin simply transformed the spot-kick.
But late targets from substitutes Pedri and Dembele towards the tiring guests sealed a passable night time for Koeman.