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Joao Felix shines in Barcelona rout of Antwerp

Barcelona kicked off their Champions League campaign in dominating fashion as Joao Felix led the way in a 5-0 victory over Antwerp.

In what was the Belgian side's first ever match in the competition, their inexperience showed as the Blaugrana needed less than 20 minutes to build a three-goal advantage.

Among the standouts was Joao Felix, who netted twice and added an assist to the delight of the home fans.

Barcelona needed just 11 minutes to open the scoring, the Portuguese playing a slick one-two with Ilkay Gundogan before firing low at the near post.

The goal made Felix the 25th different player to score on his Champions League debut for the Blaugrana.

Felix then turned provider in the 19th minute, hanging a cross at the back post that Robert Lewandowski volleyed home from close range to double Barcelona's advantage.

The game was all but put out of reach three minutes later when Barcelona netted a third. Raphinha's cross came off the back of Jelle Bataille and looped over Jean Butez to heap further misery on the debutants.

Antwerp managed to cause a brief moment of panic just before the end of the half, though the Barcelona defence managed to hack the ball away and head into the break up by three.

The one-way traffic resumed after the break as Barcelona added a fourth in spectacular fashion, Gavi blasting home with his left after a neat one-two opened up space.

The rout was completed in the 66th minute, Felix sneaking into space at the back post to head home Raphinha's cross, which had evaded everyone.

From there the remaining minutes played out with Barcelona almost exclusively having possession, as Antwerp focused on minimizing the damage, which they did before the referee blew the final whistle.

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