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Barca have now lost their first two Champions League group stage games this season and the disappointing defeat will do little to appease the growing section of Barca fans who want to see Koeman sacked.

The Argentine, who signed on a free transfer from Barcelona this summer, found the net with a trademark effort midway through the second half after Idrissa Gueye’s eight-minute strike had opened the scoring.

It’s a scoreline usually reserved for tennis sets but the English champions and the German upstarts traded blows across the 90 minutes as if engaged in a rally fit for a Grand Slam.

Three-and-a-half months on from losing the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties, the Red Devils were on course to return to continental action with a straightforward win after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early opener.

The Portugal international also became the first player to score the opening goal in two different Champions League campaigns, having previously scored the first goal for Real Madrid in a 5-2 win against FC Zurich during the 2009-10 season.

The 6ft 7in forward – who has previously faced the Reds in the Champions League – continues to go from strength to strength in Belgium after his 35-goal haul from 41 games in all competitions last season.

Describing the Aisha Buhari Cup as a most laudable project in the land in recent times, Okon opined that team selection in favour of the domestic players will give the tournament its biggest catch.