Barça ekes out crucial win while Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick in Champions League

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Ansu Fati's thunderbolt successful the second-half ensured the visitant took each 3 important points to boost its chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Incredibly, it was Barça's archetypal distant triumph of the play aft a drawstring of mediocre performances which subsequently saw erstwhile manager Ronald Koeman sacked.

    The Catalan club's caretaker manager Sergi Barjuan has taken complaint portion the blaugrana corroborate Koeman's replacement, with reports that erstwhile subordinate Xavi is lined up to capable the void.

      "We each knew that we had to triumph astatine immoderate cost. The players were tense earlier the crippled and you look astatine them present and their faces are different. Winning ever helps and I anticipation we support momentum for the adjacent game," Barjuan told reporters.

      Barcelona sits 2nd successful Group E down Bayern Munich, having mislaid some of its archetypal 2 matches successful the contention this season.

      Barcelona's Ansu Fati celebrates aft  scoring connected  Tuesday.

      'The champion guardant successful the world'

      Bayern, meanwhile, person already qualified for the Round of 16 aft a thumping 5-2 triumph against Benfica connected Tuesday.

      Star striker Robert Lewandowski was connected the scoresheet yet again successful what was his 100th Champions League game, scoring a superb hat-trick.

      The Polish superstar has present scored 81 Champions League goals successful his career, including 4 hat-tricks.

      Bayern caput manager Julian Nagelsmann said Lewandowski, 33, should beryllium aiming to scope the 100 extremity landmark and called his subordinate the "best" guardant successful the world.

      Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo person scored much than 100 goals successful European football's astir prestigious nine contention but Nagelsmann would not beryllium drawn into comparing Lewandowski with the two.

      "I deliberation each 3 were precise awesome players implicit the past fewer years," Nagelsmann told reporters aft the match.

      "I judge that Lewy tin execute a lot, besides astatine an older age, due to the fact that of his physique, manner and the mode helium lives arsenic a footballer.

      "He volition proceed to beryllium the champion guardant successful the satellite due to the fact that helium does everything to support it that way."

      Bayern Munich's guardant  Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his team's 4th  extremity   against Benfica.

      However, it wasn't each bully quality for Lewandowski who missed a punishment against Benfica connected Tuesday -- his archetypal ever miss successful the Champions League.

      His limp effort was easy saved by goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos and the miss seemed to instrumentality the borderline disconnected an different cleanable evening.

      "I bash not cognize if it was the cleanable crippled due to the fact that I did miss a penalty," Lewandowski said aft the match.

        "But amended to miss aboriginal than precocious successful the game. Luckily, we scored respective much goals and got the 3 points."

        He added: "To beryllium honest, I ne'er thought I would ever play truthful galore games successful the Champions League and people truthful galore goals."

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