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Messi inspires Barcelona to comfortable win over Ferencvaros in Champions League opener

- Barcelona vs Ferencvaros ended in a 5-1 win in favour of the Spanish giants

- Messi and Fati scored in the first half as Coutinho added the third in the second

- Pedri restored the three goal-cushion after Kharatin scored from a penalty

- Dembele then put the icing on the cake with a minute left to play in the match

- La Blaugrana will now face their fiercest rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico at the weekend

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Barcelona began their campaign in the 2020-21 Champions League season on a winning note following a 5-1 win over Ferencvaros.

Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele got all their names on the scoresheet while Igor Kharatin scored the only goal for the Hungarian side.

La Blaugrana started the match on a strong note as Messi won a penalty off Adnan Kovacevic and the Argentine converted the resulting spot-kick to make it 1-0 in the 27th minute.

Barcelona vs Ferencvaros

Barcelona vs Ferencvaros. Photo by Alex Caparros
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Three minutes before half time Fati made it 2-0 after collecting a defence-splitting pass from Frenkie de Jong to double the lead.

Coutinho then added the third from a deflected effort to make it 3-0. Gerard Pique was shown a straight red card for pulling Tokmac Chol Nguen inside the box.

Kharatin made it 3-1 from the spot but Pedri responded from a Dembele's assist before the Frenchman sealed the win in the 89th minute to make it 5-1.

Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou as both sides will look to claim bragging rights.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kylian Mbappe is now being chased by two of the biggest club in Spain as Barcelona join Real Madrid for the signature of the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

La Blaugrana President Florentino Perez has confirmed the club are also interested in signing the World Cup winner.

However, Los Blancos have been linked to the 20-year-old in the past months and are highly favoured to land Mbappe due to the influence of manager Zinedine Zidane.

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