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Joao Felix scores twice as Barcelona demolish Royal Antwerp

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Joao Felix grabbed a brace and Robert Lewandowski netted his 100th goal in European club competition as Barcelona kicked off their UEFA Champions League Group H campaign with a rampant 5-0 victory at home to Royal Antwerp.

The Catalan giants were a class apart for the whole contest and struck three times inside the opening 22 minutes to leave the Belgian outfit already contemplating damage limitation.

It was the impressive Joao Felix who opened the scoring on 11 minutes when he jinked in from the left side of the area to rifle home a low strike and mark his Barca debut in the competition in style.

The Portuguese forward then turned provider eight minutes later when he bamboozled his marker and crossed for Lewandowski to notch a century of goals across UEFA club competitions.

At this point Barcelona’s attacking verve was relentless and they duly added a third when Jelle Bataille was unfortunate to deflect Raphinha’s cross into his own net.

The pattern continued following the interval with Gabi rifling high into the net for his first goal in the competition before Joao Felix capped a virtuoso showing with his second of the night via a back post header on 66 minutes.

The result sees Barcelona top Group H ahead of FC Porto - who won at Shakhtar Donetsk - on goal difference.

Barcelona will now turn their attention back to La Liga before travelling to FC Porto on Matchday 2 while Antwerp host Shakhtar Donetsk.