Robert Lewandowski scored a superb hat trick in his first Champions League outing for Barcelona as his new team began their European campaign with a 5-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
After Franck put Barcelona in front in the 13th minute, Lewandowski took over. He scored twice before half-time, either side of goal that temporarily restored Plzen’s hopes of getting something from the game.

That’s how Robert is, insatiable.”The way he trains, the way he helps the team, his humility, his work-rate…I can’t praise him enough because it’s not just about his hat-trick, it’s the way he works, how he knows to dominate the tempo of the game,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said.

Barcelona will next be in action in the Champions League when they visit Lewandowski’s former club, Bayern Munich, next Tuesday. Plzen will meet Group C’s final team, Inter Milan, on the same day.