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Joao Felix Continues Hot Streak, Scores on Champions League Debut for Barcelona: Video
- Joao Felix scored on his Champions League debut for Barcelona
- Fresh from scoring on his La Liga debut, the Portuguese fired home for Barca against Royal Antwerp
- He became the first player to score and assist within the opening 20 minutes of a UCL game since Lionel Messi
Joao Felix showcased his newfound brilliance for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League by delivering a spectacular goal against Royal Antwerp on Tuesday night.
Felix opened the scoring for the five-time champions of Europe's most prestigious club competition, marking a significant milestone as Barca extended their streak of 20 consecutive appearances in the Champions League group stage.
The 23-year-old received an incisive pass from Ilkay Gundogan, skillfully evaded his marker, and then fired an unstoppable low shot that eluded the outstretched arms of Jean Butez, who guarded the visitors' goal.
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He played a crucial role in assisting Robert Lewandowski for the second goal. Following that, he secured his personal brace and added Barca's fifth goal as La Blaugrana dominated Antwerp, MARCA reports.
The Portugal international was substituted just over eight minutes after the hour mark, as coach Xavi Hernandez provided his in-form forward with a well-deserved rest.
Having joined the Catalan giants on transfer deadline day, Felix patiently waited for his opportunity to don the Barca jersey as the international break intervened.
Since then, the Atletico Madrid loanee has been in scintillating form, opening the scoring in the 5-0 dismantling of Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday and carrying that momentum forward by breaking the deadlock against Antwerp.
Felix aims subtle dig at parent club
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Felix seemed to take a veiled dig at his parent club, Atletico Madrid, in the wake of Barcelona's resounding 5-0 victory over Real Betis on Saturday, September 16.
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The Portuguese forward was transferred to Barcelona following a falling out with Atleti manager Diego Simeone and the club's supporters, who had been vocal in their desire for his departure.
Felix, who scored his inaugural goal for Barcelona during the dismantling of Real Betis, indirectly commented on his former club's organizational structure, contrasting it with the excellence of Barcelona's setup.