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Robert Lewandowski Scores Hattrick To Surpass Karim Benzema on Champions League All Time Scorers Chart
- Robert Lewandowski was in sublime form for Barcelona as the Spanish giants beat FC Viktoria Plzeň
- Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 6 hattricks in the UEFA Champions League so far
- Robert Lewandowski has overtaken Karim Benzema on the UEFA Champions League all-time scorers chart
Robert Lewandowski is operating on another level.
The Polish striker struck three times for Barcelona as they completed a 5-1 rout of FC Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Champions League.
Lewandowski’s hattrick also took him above Karim Benzema in the Champions League all-time scorers chart.
The Frenchman has 86 goals, while Lewandowski now has 89. Lewa scored 17 goals with Borussia Dortmund, 69 with Bayern Munich and 3 with Barcelona.
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The tally makes him the third highest scorer of all time in the competition’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo still leads the way with 141 goals, followed by Lionel Messi, who has 125 goals in the competition.
The hattrick also marked the sixth time the Polish striker scored three goals in a Champions League game.
Lewandowski’s goals contributed to a 5-1 rout for Barcelona against the Czech champions in their tournament's opening game. Franck Kessie and Ferran Torres also chipped in with goals as Barcelona got their campaign off to winning ways.
Jan Sýkora grabbed Viktoria Plzeň's only goal of the game. Barcelona were good value for money, but Plzeň showed promise. The Czech champions had numerous chances to grab more than the one goal they did and will be disappointed not to have scored more.
Video Assistant Referee spares Barcelona's blushes and saves Andreas Christensen from receiving red card
Barcelona took a 3-1 lead into halftime of their Champions League game against FC Viktoria Plzeň, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made headlines during the first 45 minutes.
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VAR was called into action after Andreas Christensen was adjudged to have brought down Jhon Mosquera in the box.
Both players were left on the ground in the box Belgian referee Lawrence Visser stood over Christensen with a red card in hand. A penalty was also given.