Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvaros: Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati score but Gerard Pique is sent off after giving away a second-half penalty meaning he will be BANNED for Juventus next week
- Lionel Messi put Barcelona ahead from 12 yards after winning a penalty
- Ansu Fati doubled their lead after being played in cleverly by Frenkie de Jong
- Philippe Coutinho made it three when he drove an effort into the bottom corner
- Gerard Pique was sent off when he pulled down Tokmac Nguen in the box
- Ihor Kharatin scored before Pedri and Dembele made it five for Barcelona
Lionel Messi made it 16 seasons scoring in the Champions League with the goal that got Barcelona’s European campaign under way. But their 5-1 win over Ferencvaros was marred by a red card for Gerard Pique that will rule him out of Barcelona’s trip to Turin to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus next week.
Messi’s spot kick was his 116th Champions League goal – only Ryan Giggs has scored in as many consecutive seasons in the European Cup – and it put Barcelona ahead before Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho added a second and a third.
Pique’s red gave Ferencvaros a possible route back into the game but teenage debutant Pedri slammed it shut, converting Ousmane Dembele’s cross. Dembele added a fifth with a minute left.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s opener in the first half against Ferencvaros
Gerard Pique was sent off after giving away a penalty in the second half on Tuesday night
Aside from Pique’s sending off, it was a comfortable evening for Barcelona in the Nou Camp
The visitors started well and had the ball in the net after Tokmac Nguen broke clear and finished well but he had started his sprint the wrong side of the last defender and the flag was raised.
Isael then smashed a shot against the crossbar after Nguen had played him in. Barcelona responded and Messi slalomed into the area and tripped over David Siger’s leg. Denes Dibusz dived the right way but Messi’s penalty was low and hard and Barça had the lead.
They doubled it just before the break when Ansu Fati made it five goals for the season, clipping Frenkie de Jong’s lofted pass over the top of Ferencvaros’ defence, past Dibusz.
After winning the penalty himself, Messi stepped up and powerfully struck home from 12 yards
Ansu Fati was the next to profit when he clinically finished Frenkie de Jong’s lofted pass
Fati’s form continues to inspire hope among Barcelona supporters that the panorama wont be completely grey post-Messi. The teenager set-up Coutinho for the third. Messi played it to him and he back-heeled it on for the former Liverpool forward to fizz his shot into the corner. The finish was good but Fati’s flick to make it was special too.
Ansu’s work was done and on the hour he was taken off as Ronald Koeman made four changes. Dembele came on for Francisco Trincao down the right. The Portuguese had impressed in the first half offering more willingness to play as a more orthodox winger than Antoine Griezmann who looked on from the bench.
There was a second half shot that almost went out for a throw but he had made his case to challenge the Frenchman for a starting berth. Dembele would make an even stronger claim in the last 20 minutes.
Francisco Trincao celebrates with Ansu Fati after his goal put Barcelona in complete control
Philippe Coutinho scored Barcelona’s third when he struck powerfully into the bottom corner
The 17-year-old midfielder Pedri replaced Fati and Sergio Roberto went off for Junior Firpo. Soon Coutinho was leaving proceedings too but it was because Koeman had to put on a defender for the sent-off Pique.
Nguen broke clear on to a long ball over the top and although there was pushing and pulling on both sides as the Barcelona defender tried not to lose the Ferencvaros forward it was Pique who grabbed the forward’s shirt in the area. A penalty might have sufficed but Pique was dismissed.
Ihor Kharatin scored the penalty leaving Barcelona with 20 minutes to hold out with a player less.
Veteran defender Pique found himself in trouble when he pulled Tokmac Nguen to the ground
Pique was sent off meaning he will now miss next week’s clash against Juventus in Turin
Ihor Kharatin converted from the spot to give Ferencvaros a small amount of hope
It was not as uncomfortable as it could have been. Dembele skipped down the right and pulled the ball back for Pedri to open his Champions League account and make it four.
Dembele got the fifth when Messi drew five white shirts to him and then played in the unmarked winger who scored and saluted compatriot Griezmann who was celebrating in the stands.
Barcelona can now sit back and see how Real Madrid fare on Wednesday. On Saturday they are back at the Camp Nou to face their domestic rivals. This was a more than satisfactory warm-up.
Pedri got Barcelona back on track after Pique’s red card when he netted in the last ten minutes
Ousmane Dembele also made an impact after coming on and scored Barcelona’s fifth goal
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