Barcelona opens group C play in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday at their home pitch at Camp Nou, taking on Viktoria Plzeň. Barca qualified for the Champions League with a second-place finish last season in Spain’s top division, La Liga. Plzeň had to go the qualifying route after winning the Czech First League for the first time since 2017-18 and advanced with a playoff victory over Qarabağ from the Azerbaijan Premier League. It is the first meeting between the sides since the group stage in the 2011 tournament when Barcelona swept two matches by a combined total of 6-0.
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Match Date: Sept. 7, 2022
Match Time: 2:50 p.m. ET
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The other teams in group C meet Wednesday in Milan, where Bayern visits Inter Milan.
Barca didn’t make it out of the group stage last year, finishing 2-3-1. For Plzeň, it is their first trip to the group stage in the Champions League since 2019 and it has never advanced past that level.
Barca has won the Champions League five times, the last in 2015. It reached the semifinals in 2019. Barcelona comes in off a 3-0 La Liga victory over Sevilla on Saturday. Ousmane Dembele has a goal and two assists early this season.
Plzeň is currently tied with Slavia Prague at the top of the Czech First League table with a 5-1 mark and beat Slovan Liverec 1-0 on Saturday.
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