In a joint record 16th Champions League season, Lionel Messi scored and 17-year-old Pedri netted his first senior goal as Barcelona defeated Ferencvaros. After he was dropped at the end of a weaving sprint, the Argentine struck from the penalty spot to give Barca the lead.
Messi also helped Dembele, who stepped off the bench to add to what was a mood-brightening evening for the La Liga side, who spent the summer trying to rebuild Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League following their humiliating exit. After that game, Koeman said that “might be better,” the performances of talisman Messi, who spent the summer fishing for a step away from the club in which he spent his entire career.
Since winning their first Champions League match against Grasshopper Club Zürich in September 1995, Ferencváros are winless in six in the competition (D2 L4), conceding 24 goals in this time.
Source: BBC Sport