Barcelona showed no mercy in Spain as Xavi’s side kicked off their Champions League campaign with a thumping 5-0 win over Belgian champions Royal Antwerp at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.
Manchester City began their title defence journey with a 3-1 victory over Serbian side Crvena Zvezda at the Etihad Stadium. The hosts were behind just before the halftime break when Ghana’s Osman Bukari put his team ahead.
Newcastle United held AC Milan to a goalless draw on their return to the Champions League after more than two decades; Lazio and Atletico Madrid played 1-1, with the former’s goalkeeper Ivan Provedel scoring a late equaliser with a header.
Ending the match with 70 per cent possession, Barcelona were the better side throughout the 90 minutes of action plus stoppage time, with on-loan Joao Felix opening the scoring as early as the 11th minute.
Barcelona 5 vs 0 Royal Antwerp
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