Lamine Yamal Makes Champions League History In Barcelona’s Defeat As Pressure Mount On Xavi Hernandez

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Alongside rookie Hector Fort on the right flank who Xavi Hernandez gave the nod to make his first UCL start, Lamine Yamal who was also included in the XI looked very promising from the outset of the Royal Antwerp match and the 16-year-old made a Champions League history by setting up Ferran Torres’ goal to level up the Catalan giants although they ended up loosing the game.

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Barcelona’s poor form continued on Wednesday when they lost 3-2 to Royal Antwerp to conclude their Champions League group stage campaign. Despite the fact that there was a glimmer of hope amidst the gloom, the outcome will put additional strain on manager Xavi Hernandez as pressure mount on his managerial continuity with the board set for a meeting to discuss his position today.

Lamine Yamal is currently the youngest player in the competition to provide an assist after setting up Ferran Torres for a leveler yesterday according to Opta. Bojan Krkic, an ex-Barcelona wonderkid had previously held the record having set it in November 2007.

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Barcelona will be thrilled that Lamine Yamal is still breaking records. They can’t enjoy this as much as they would like, though, because the assist wasn’t enough to break the Catalans out of their rut.


On Wednesday night, the 2023–24 Champions League group stages concluded. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Sociedad all finished first in their groups guaranteeing them a seeding in the round of sixteen while Sevilla crashed out of Europe altogether after finishing last in their group.

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On Monday when the draw is held, all four teams will learn who their probable opponents are.

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