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Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona, Champions League: Match Thread, Live Updates

Join us for another Barcelona European adventure!

Royal Antwerp FC v FC Porto: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Rene Nijhuis/BSR Agency/Getty Images

FULL-TIME, Antwerp 3-2 Barcelona: An embarrassing and deserved defeat for Barça, who win the group thanks to FC Porto but don’t look like an European contender ahead of the knockout stage. A new low for Barça in Europe, and a second horrible defeat in a row.


90+2’ GOAL, Antwerp 3-2 Barcelona (Ilenikhena): Barça remarkably concede straight from the kickoff as a George Ilenikhena receives the ball all alone in front of Iñaki Peña and puts the home team in front for a third time.


90+1’ GOAL! Antwerp 2-2 Barcelona (Guiu): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! The legend of Marc Guiu grows as the young striker rises highest and heads home a free-kick from Ilkay Gündogan to rescue a late point!


56’ GOAL, Antwerp 2-1 Barcelona (Janssen): Antwerp re-take the lead. Oriol Romeu gives the ball away again, and Janssen is not offside this time and fires it home for the hosts.


52’ RED CARD REVERSED: Barça are temporarily down to 10 men as Sergi Roberto is shown a straight red card for a tackle on Mandela Keita, but a VAR check shows the challenge was not as strong as the referee thought and the card is changed to a yellow.


49’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Vincent Janssen gives Antwerp the lead early in the second period, but the goal is disallowed for a very narrow offside on the Dutch striker.


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Antwerp 1-1 Barcelona: Back underway at Bosuil!


HALFTIME, Antwerp 1-1 Barcelona: Barça conceded early and struggled to create meaningful offense for the rest of the half apart from one moment of magic from Yamal and Ferran that gave them the goal that clinches first place in Group H going into the break.


35’ GOAL! Antwerp 1-1 Barcelona (Ferran): BARÇA EQUALIZE! A nice buildup through the right wing ends with a gorgeous asssist by Lamine Yamal and an excellent finish by Ferran Torres.


2’ GOAL, Antwerp 1-0 Barcelona (Vermeeren): Antwerp take the lead. Barça try to play out from the back but Oriol Romeu gives the ball away inside the box and Arthur Vermeeren fires home the opener for the hosts.


KICKOFF! Antwerp 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at Bosuil!


WELCOME TO THE BOSUILSTADION!!! The cozy home of Royal Antwerp in beautiful Antwerp, Belgium is the site of sixth and final Champions League group stage match for the hosts as they welcome Barcelona, who come into this one needing a point to clinch first place in Group H. But it won’t be easy against an Antwerp hungry to end their debut Champions League campaign with a famous result against the mighty Barça, who will be missing some key starters and are looking to rebound from a painful loss at the weekend. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Peña; Fort, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Roberto, Romeu, Fermín; Yamal, Lewandowski, Ferran (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Astralaga (GK), Kochen (GK), Cubarsí, Cancelo, Casadó, Gündogan, Pedri, Garrido, Raphinha, Félix, Alarcón, Guiu

ROYAL ANTWERP

Starting XI: Butez; De Laet, Alderweireld, Coulibaly, Wijndal; Keita, Vermeeren, Yussuf; Kerk, Janssen, Ejuke (4-3-3)

Substitutes: De Wolf (GK), Lammens (GK), Ilenikhena, Van Den Bosch, Bataille, Smits, Corbanie


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2023-24 Champions League, Group H, Matchday 6

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Bosuilstadion, Antwerp, Belgium

Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)

VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

HOW TO WATCH

On TV: Galavision (USA), TNT Sports 6 (UK), SONY TEN 5 (India), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others

Online: Paramount+ (USA), Discovery+ (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the 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!

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