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Erling Braut Haland of RB Leipzig celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and KRC Genk at Red Bull Arena on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.

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ByEurosport UK
17/09/2019 at 21:34 | Updated 18/09/2019 at 17:56

RB Salzburg thrash Genk 6-2 thanks to a Erling Braut Haaland hat-trick, while 16-year-old Ansu Fati started in Barcelona's goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old Norwegian scored a sensational hat-trick on Tuesday as Salzburg brushed aside Genk.

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Hwang Hee-Chan, Domink Szoboszlai and Andreas Ulmer also all got on the scoresheet for the hosts.

Haaland, who is the son of former Leeds and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland, is the third-youngest player to score a Champions League hat trick after Raul in 1995 and Wayne Rooney in 2004.

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Borussia Dortmund hit the woodwork and had a penalty saved before drawing 0-0 with Barcelona in their Champions League Group F opener on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi making his first appearance of the season for the Spaniards.

Barca's in-form 16-year-old Ansu Fati became the club's youngest player to feature in a UEFA competition when he started but failed to make any real impact before being replaced by fit-again Messi just before the hour mark.

Ajax gave a powerful reminder of their Champions League potential with a resounding 3-0 win over Lille in Amsterdam on Tuesday at the start of the group phase.

Last season’s surprise package look hellbent on a repeat of their heroics, which got them all the way from the preliminary rounds to the semi-finals, and goals from Quincy Promes, Edson Alvarez and Nicolas Tagliafico ensured an emphatic start to Group H.

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner scored two second-half goals to secure an impressive 2-1 win at Benfica in their opening Champions League Group D match on Tuesday.

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