FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-1 Ferencváros: Excellent performance, excellent victory to start the European season. Well done, boys!
GOAL! Barcelona 5-1 Ferencváros (Dembélé 89’): IT’S FIVE! Barça seal the victory thanks to an assist by Messi and a great finish from Dembélé! What a super sub performance from the Frenchman!
GOAL! Barcelona 4-1 Ferencváros (Pedri 82’): IT’S FOUR FOR BARÇA! Dembélé takes on his defender, leaves him for dead with an amazing move and finds Pedri all alone to kill the game! What a goal!
71min: Ronald Araujo comes on for Coutinho as Koeman reshapes the defense for the final 20 minutes.
GOAL, Barcelona 3-1 Ferencváros (Kharatin 70’): Ferencváros get a goal back as Kharatin scores from the spot. Will 10-man Barça suffer the rest of the game?
68min: RED CARD! Piqué is sent off with a straight red for denying a clear and obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
68min: PENALTY TO FERENCVÁROS! Gerard Piqué fights for position with Nguen and is called for a shirt pull inside the box.
62min: Triple substitution from Ronald Koeman as Junior Firpo, Pedri and Ousmane Dembélé replace Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati and Trincão.
GOLAZO! Barcelona 3-0 Ferencváros (Coutinho 52’): IT’S THREE! Another beautiful goal as Ansu Fati pulls off a backheel assist and Coutinho fires it home!
50min: A shot on target from Trincão! Yay.
49min: Couple of really bad shots by Trincão to start the second half. I mean, really bad.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 2-0 Ferencváros: And we’re back underway! Let’s finish the job and get some more goals, boys!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 2-0 Ferencváros: After a slow start Barça have absolutely dominated the game, and a two-goal lead is more than deserved after the first 45 minutes.
GOLAZO! Barcelona 2-0 Ferencváros (Fati 42’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA!!! Frenkie De Jong plays a SPECTACULAR pass over the top to find a wide open Ansu Fati inside the box, and the phenom just taps the ball past Dibusz to double the lead.
39min: Dibusz again! Another great save by the Ferencváros keeper to stop Trincão after a beautiful pass from Messi.
37min: CROSSBAR! Beautiful through ball from Pjanic to find Messi all alone in front of the keeper, but the captain’s shot hits the bar.
36min: Trincão finds Fati with a really nice pass and Ansu’s shot is stopped by Dibusz with his legs. Barça in complete control now and creating good chances.
35min: Sergi Roberto receiving some medical attention after a rough challenge from Laïdouni but seems to be okay.
30min: Coutinho finds Fati at the edge of the box and Ansu fires a low shot but can’t beat the keeper.
29min: Another nice move from Barça, De Jong gets to the byline and finds Ansu Fati with a nice cross, but Ansu can’t find the target.
GOAL, Barcelona 1-0 Ferencváros (Messi 27’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! The captain scores with ease from the spot and the Blaugrana are ahead!
26min: PENALTY TO BARÇA! Messi comes up with magic out of nowhere as the runs through four defenders and is brought down in the box!
22min: Coutinho tries to place a gorgeous curling shot into the top corner off a Messi pass but the ball goes just wide.
19min: Another huge chance for Ferencváros as Isael hits the post with a powerful shot. The visitors are reall threatening so far.
16min: Excellent attacking move by Barça with a couple of one-twos between Messi and Coutinho then Ansu Fati, and Messi’s shot is well stopped by the goalkeeper.
11min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Ferencváros almost took a shocking lead through Tokmac Nguen, but the striker was offside and the goal is called off.
10min: Slow start for Barça with not a lot of movement and pretty safe passing.
5min: First chance for Barça on a Messi free-kick that’s easily grabbed by Dibusz.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Ferencváros: And we’re underway! Let’s go, boys!
Starting XI: Neto; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Dest; Pjanic, De Jong; Trincão, Coutinho, Fati; Messi (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Iñaki Peña (GK), Arnau (GK), Araujo, Mingueza, Firpo, Busquets, Aleñá, Puig, Pedri, Dembélé, Griezmann, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Dibusz; Botka, Blažič, Kovačević, Ćivić; Kharatin, Laïdouni; Sigér; Zubkov, Nguen, Isael (4-2-1-3)
Bench: Bogdán (GK), Bánki (GK), Frimpong, Somália, Lovrencsics, Mak, Baturina, Heister, Dvali, Boli
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the site of Barcelona’s Champions League debut for the 2020-21 season, against Hungarian champions Ferencváros in the first group stage match. Barça are massive favorites against a team not a lot of people know about, but this should be a fun game to watch and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 Champions League, Group G, Matchday 1
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Wednesday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI) | VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
How to watch on TV: TUDN (USA), BT Sport ESPN (UK), Canal+ Sport 2 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 1 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!