(CNN)Barcelona began its 2022/23 Champions League run successful cleanable manner connected Wednesday nighttime with Robert Lewandowski scoring an historical hat-trick connected the mode to a 5-1 triumph implicit Viktoria Plzen.
New summertime signing Franck Kessié headed location to unfastened the scoring, earlier Lewandowski -- who joined the Spanish giants from Bayern Munich during the transportation model -- recovered his scoring touch.
The 34-year-old bent location a delightful archetypal extremity from the borderline of the container earlier Jan Sykora headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen connected the changeable of halftime to springiness the Czech champions a glimmer of hope.
However, Lewandowski unopen that doorway conscionable minutes later, his diving header astatine the backmost station reinstating Barça's two-goal pb arsenic the archetypal fractional ticked away.
Midway done the 2nd half, the Polish striker had his archetypal hat-trick for his caller nine erstwhile -- successful a reflector representation of his archetypal extremity -- helium curled past the despairing Jindřich Staněk successful the Plzen goal.
Ferrán Torres wrapped up a palmy day for Barça manager Xavi arsenic helium blasted location from Ousmane Dembélé's delightful chip.
Lewandowski's hat-trick makes him the archetypal ever subordinate to people a Champions League hat-trick with 3 antithetic clubs -- Borussia Dortmund, Bayern and present Barça. He is besides conscionable the ninth subordinate to people a hat-trick connected their Champions League debut with a club.
Afterwards, Xavi called Lewandowski "insatiable" for goals.
"The mode helium trains, the mode helium helps the team, his humility, his work-rate... I can't praise him capable due to the fact that it's not conscionable astir his hat-trick, it's the mode helium works, however helium knows to predominate the tempo of the game," Xavi said.
He added: "It was a implicit game, we dominated them. They defended well, they man-marked america but Dembélé was superb and Lewandowski made the difference. We were the superior squad and I'm delighted with the players who came disconnected the seat arsenic good arsenic those who started. Everyone was truly up for it."
The hat-trick show continues Lewandowski's blistery commencement to beingness successful Spain; the striker has present scored 8 goals successful his archetypal 5 games.
It besides is the cleanable lukewarm up for Lewandowski's instrumentality to look Bayern successful adjacent week's Champions League clash betwixt his caller and aged clubs.
Lewandowski joined the Catalan elephantine for $46.1 cardinal positive $5.12 cardinal successful additions successful July having scored 344 goals successful 375 appearances for Bayern, 2nd astir for the nine down Gerd Müller.
At the death
In Madrid, Wednesday's astir melodramatic crippled was taking spot betwixt Atlético Madrid and Porto arsenic 3 goals aft the 90th infinitesimal provided a thrilling extremity astatine the Metropolitano Stadium.
A stodgy regular clip concluded with Porto being sent down to 10 men aft Mehdi Taremi was shown his 2nd yellowish paper for diving.
Atlético defender Mario Hermoso's looping changeable successful the 91st infinitesimal looked to person settled the tie, lone for Porto to beryllium awarded a punishment successful the 96th infinitesimal aft Hermoso was deemed to person handled the ball.
Mateus Uribe converted from the spot to level the scores, but the play was not implicit there.
As the timepiece ticked into 3 digits, Antoine Griezmann nodded location from adjacent scope successful the 101st infinitesimal to spark chaotic scenes of celebration, with Atleti manger Diego Simeone moving to observe with his players.
"It's was hard [for us] to get into the game, make chances," Griezmann said afterwards. "The gait of the crippled was dilatory and we needed to enactment immoderate other strength into it and, successful the end, we did it successful the past minutes."
It is lone the 2nd clip successful Champions League past wherever determination person been 3 goals successful the 90th infinitesimal oregon later, excluding other time. Oddly enough, the archetypal clip it happened was a fixture betwixt the 2 aforesaid teams past December.