BARCELONA: Barcelona ended part of their Champions League defeat by beating Hungarian dwarf Ferencvaros 5-1 today in the first European stage since Bayern Munich’s embarrassment last season.
Lionel Messi blasted a penalty before 17-year-old Ansu Fati added two interesting goals with one of his own volleyball results and then baited for Philippe Coutinho.
Barca’s defensive problems continued at Camp Nou with Gerard Pique being sent off after an hour for blocking Tokmac Nguen in the penalty box.
Ihor Kharatin scored a penalty for opponents but goals from Pedri and Ousamane Dembele ended any hopes of returning and gave Barcelona a much-needed victory ahead of Clasico’s clash with Real Madrid this Sunday.
“We go through it with the best motivation,” said Fati. “It’s Clasico, the match I’ve always dreamed of.”
The big win puts them at the top of Group G but a red card for Pique means he will miss next week’s match against Juventus who had previously beaten Dynamo Kiev.