Barcelona player ratings vs Antwerp: Welcome to the Joao Felix show! Portugal star shines again in easy Champions League opener

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Barcelona got off to a winning start in their 2023-24 Champions League campaign as they swept Antwerp aside in a 5-0 victory that was inspired by the superb performance of Joao Felix. The Portugal international scored the opener and set up another in the first 45 minutes, netting with a clever pulled finish, and then laying on Robert Lewandowski's second with a sumptuous cross that gave the Pole a simple volleyed finish.

Barca's third came more by luck than judgement, as a cross sent into the box by Raphinha was inadvertently deflected into his own goal by defender Jelle Bataille. After half-time, meanwhile, Gavi added a fourth with a powerful finish into the top corner, as the Catalan giants scythed through the Antwerp defence.

Felix then scored a superb back-post header after Raphinha's cross to make it 5-0, and put the cherry on what was an absolutely sublime performance.

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