MADRID (AP) — Robert Lewandowski has shown his lethality in the area for Barcelona to turn off alarms of concern around him.
On the day he turned 34, the Polish striker recorded his first double for a Barça player on Sunday in a 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad on the second day of Spain’s La Liga.RELATED
The former Bayern Munich player officially debuted his scoring account with a shot from the center of the area when he ran 42 seconds for Barça. He scored his second goal in the 68th minute with another shot inside the area from Ansu Fati’s pass.
“He’s 34, but Lewandowski looks 20,” said Barça midfielder Pedri after the game.
Ousmane Dembele unlocked the duel by scoring the team’s second goal with 66. Fatih made it possible after arriving in the area with an accurate backheel after the French winger settled with his shot crossed into the net.
Fati, who came on as a substitute in the 64th minute, turned in an outstanding performance as he scored his first goal of the season with a goal from inside the area in the 79th minute after being assisted by Lewandowski.
Alexander Isak took advantage of the missing ball in the sixth minute to temporarily equalize for Real with a shot that was deflected by Eric Garcia and beat goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
A reinforced Barcelona is fifth with four units, two units less than the leader. Defending his champions Real Madrid, who beat Celta de Vigo 4-1 on Saturday, stand out.
“The team was good. We played a good game. They have the ball and can do a lot of damage. I was able to force it,” Pedri analyzed the duel.
Germany’s Ter Stegen wore the captain’s badge when four of his officers – Gerard Piquet, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto – were absent from the starting field.
In a shaky first half without Fati, Ter Stegen had shots from Mikel Merino and David Silva to keep his team from going into the break at a disadvantage.
While this win brings joy to Barca, it’s bittersweet not being able to count on Jules Kunde for the second day in a row. The French central defender, one of his most prominent signings in the summer market, failed to register in the league due to lack of space on the team’s wage bill.
The San Sebastian team fainted after accepting Dembélé’s second goal to remain in 10th place with three points.
athletic sink at home
Jeremy Pino and Gerardo Moreno scored second-half goals as Villarreal beat Atlético de Madrid 2-0.
Strategist Unai Emery also had a chance to celebrate his first victory in a particular pulse over Diego Simeone. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ led by six units with a bigger goal difference than his two-win Betis, Real Madrid and Osasuna.
Losing to Atlético in one of the tournament’s first two matchdays was nothing new for Simeone since he began his Atlético history in 2011.
Pino defeated Zero in a very balanced duel in the 73rd minute and in the final minute of substitution Moreno celebrated his 102nd goal in his history in the league, but after 17 games It was just the first goal against Colchoneros.
Athletic Happy Valverde
Alex Berenguer (42′) scored in Athletic Bilbao’s 1-0 win over Valencia at home to give Ernesto Valverde his 141st victory in the club’s history, finishing second behind Xavier Clement.
The Lions celebrated their first win of the course, reaching 4 units in 6th place. Valencia stalled to his ninth place with his three cars.
Valverde is enjoying the second stage on the Basque team’s bench. Now he has to catch up with the Englishman Frederick Pentland, who left the Entities with 177 victories in the first half of the last century.