Surprise win gives Antwerp first points of CL campaign

Surprise win gives antwerp first points of cl campaign0

Royal Antwerp won their first Champions League game on Wednesday, a 3-2 home win over Barcelona, securing their first points in Group H but not enough to keep them in this season’s European club championship.

Antwerp took the lead after 90 seconds thanks to teenager Arthur Vermeeren, but Barcelona equalized 10 minutes before halftime thanks to Ferran Torres.

Vincent Janssen put Antwerp back in ahead early in the second half, a lead they held until stoppage time, when 17-year-old Marc Guiu threatened to spoil the party with an equalizer.

But Antwerp stormed downfield right away and won the game thanks to another youthful substitute, George Ilenikhena.

Antwerp avoided losing all six of their group games in their Champions League debut, but they nevertheless finished last.

The Spanish club had already earned a top-two spot prior to Wednesday’s game, and Porto’s 5-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the other group game cemented Barcelona as group champions despite their setback.

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