Football: Lewandowski’s brace stuns Barcelona in Champions League opener

It was a superb start to the UEFA Champions League campaign for Robert Lewandowski, who bagged two goals as his Bayern Munich dominated Barcelona to win 3:0 away from home in a Group E match.

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Lewandowski tapped in his first in the 56th minute, doubling the lead after Thomas Müller opened the scoreline in the 34th minute. The captain of the Polish national team sealed the victory for his side in the 85th minute, when he pounced on a rebound following Serge Gnabry’s shot coming back off the post.

His brace against Barcelona also increased the gap between Lewandowski and Karim Benzema in the Champions League all-time scorers classification. The Pole has now amassed 75 goals, while the French striker has bagged 71.

The deadly striker scored in his 18th competitive match in a row for Bayern. The last time he failed to find the net in a club game was in February, and looking at the big picture, his stats are insane.

The other Group E encounter saw Dynamo Kyiv draw with Benfica at home. The Ukrainian champions were close to earning a vital victory, but ultimately the referee, aided by VAR, disallowed their goal in the added time. Polish international Tomasz Kędziora started for the hosts and played the entire 90 minutes.

Two more Poles marked their presence in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League games. Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny kept a clean sheet in Group H away to Malmoe FF (3:0).

In turn, Kamil Piątkowski made his Champions League debut for RB Salzburg. The promising defender came on in the 51st minute of the Group G away match against Sevilla, which ended in a 1-1 draw.