Barcelona 5-0 Royal Antwerp: Joao Felix scores twice as Spanish giants demolish Belgian debutants

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Robert Lewandowski scores against Royal Antwerp
Robert Lewandowski scored his 92nd Champions League goal to put Barcelona 2-0 up against Royal Antwerp

Barcelona coasted to victory in their opening Champions League game with a comfortable win over Royal Antwerp.

Xavi’s side were three goals ahead after just 23 minutes thanks to strikes from Joao Felix and Robert Lewandowski, plus an own goal from Jelle Bataille.

Gavi added a fourth before Felix got his second after the break to give Barca’s campaign the perfect start.

The La Liga champions were eliminated in the group stage of their past two Champions League campaigns.

Antwerp, who won the Belgian title last season to reach the Champions League for the first time, were unable to match the home side’s passing and finishing.

Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 but here produced football reminiscent of those glory days, albeit against limited opponents.

The opening goal certainly reminded of the times when Xavi roamed the Barca midfield with Mark van Bommel as his accompanying enforcer. For this game, they were instead in opposing dugouts – Van Bommel as Antwerp manager, Xavi in charge of Barca.

In 2023, it is Ilkay Gundogan who Barca look to as their midfield creator. On 11 minutes, he exchanged passes with Lewandowski before sliding in Felix, the former Chelsea loanee firing home at the near post.

The lead was doubled eight minutes later following a superb raking ball by Frenkie de Jong to Felix in the area on the left. The Portuguese forward, on loan from Atletico Madrid, clipped in a cross for Lewandowski to volley home from six yards.

Antwerp were unfortunate to concede a third as their Champions League debut turned into a nightmare. Alejandro Balde’s cross clipped off right-back Bataille and spiralled agonisingly over goalkeeper Jean Butez and in off the far post.

Barca were passing the ball around their midfield at will and seemingly scoring when they wanted, Gavi smashing into the roof of the net after 54 minutes for his first Champions League goal.

The scoring was appropriately concluded by the electric Felix, although his second was all about the left-footed cross by Raphinha.

The former Leeds man cut back on the right wing before sending over an undefendable ball which Felix nodded home at the far post.

Player of the match

João FélixJoão Félix


  1. Squad number14Player nameJoão Félix

  2. Squad number9Player nameLewandowski

  3. Squad number11Player nameRaphinha

  4. Squad number22Player nameGündogan

  5. Squad number6Player nameGavi

  6. Squad number2Player nameJoão Cancelo

  7. Squad number21Player nameF de Jong

  8. Squad number3Player nameBalde

  9. Squad number1Player nameter Stegen

  10. Squad number18Player nameOriol Romeu

  11. Squad number27Player nameYamal

  12. Squad number15Player nameChristensen

  13. Squad number23Player nameKoundé

  14. Squad number20Player nameRoberto

  15. Squad number7Player nameF Torres

  16. Squad number32Player nameLópez

Royal Antwerp

  1. Squad number18Player nameJanssen

  2. Squad number23Player nameAlderweireld

  3. Squad number8Player nameYusuf

  4. Squad number2Player nameDe Laet

  5. Squad number44Player nameCoulibaly

  6. Squad number10Player nameBalikwisha

  7. Squad number27Player nameKeita

  8. Squad number1Player nameButez

  9. Squad number5Player nameWijndal

  10. Squad number11Player nameMuja

  11. Squad number9Player nameIlenikhena

  12. Squad number24Player nameEkkelenkamp

  13. Squad number55Player nameValencia

  14. Squad number34Player nameBataille

  15. Squad number48Player nameVermeeren

  16. Squad number7Player nameKerk



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2CanceloSubstituted forRobertoat 76′minutes
  • 23Koundé
  • 15Christensen
  • 3Balde
  • 22Gündogan
  • 21F de JongSubstituted forRomeuat 58′minutes
  • 6GaviBooked at 36minsSubstituted forLópezat 58′minutes
  • 11RaphinhaSubstituted forF Torresat 68′minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 14João FélixSubstituted forYamalat 68′minutes


  • 5Martínez
  • 7F Torres
  • 13Peña Sotorres
  • 17Alonso
  • 18Romeu
  • 20Roberto
  • 26Astralaga
  • 27Yamal
  • 30Casadó
  • 32López

Royal Antwerp

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butez
  • 34BatailleSubstituted forKerkat 74′minutes
  • 23Alderweireld
  • 44Coulibaly
  • 5Wijndal
  • 48Vermeeren
  • 27Keita
  • 11MujaSubstituted forValenciaat 83′minutes
  • 24EkkelenkampSubstituted forYusufat 61′minutes
  • 10BalikwishaSubstituted forDe Laetat 61′minutes
  • 18JanssenSubstituted forIlenikhenaat 60′minutes


  • 2De Laet
  • 7Kerk
  • 8Yusuf
  • 9Ilenikhena
  • 19Ejuke
  • 26De Wolf
  • 33Van Den Bosch
  • 55Valencia
  • 91Lammens

Radu Marian Petrescu

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