Lewandowski achieved a milestone on Thursday night at the Spotify Camp Nou as he scored his 600th and 601st senior career goal; for both club and country, to help his team to a much needed 3-0 win over Villarreal.Barcelona returned to winning ways after their disappointing 3-3 home draw to Inter last week and their 3-1 El Clasico loss to Real Madrid which put their arch-rivals in the driving seat of the La Liga campaign.
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Before the match began, the astounding trio of Pablo Gavira, Alexia Putellas and Robert Lewandowski himself showed off their awards, receiving a resounding ovation from the Culers at the Camp Nou. Alexia Putellas clinched her second Ballon d’Or Feminin in a row(the award for the best female player), Gavi scooped up the Kopa Trophy (the award for the best under 21 player) whilst Robert Lewandowski clinched the second Gerd Muller trophy(the award for the highest scoring footballer)having won the inaugural edition the previous year.
Let’s get down to Robert Lewandowski’s brace, shall we?
The veteran striker found the back of the net in the thirty-first(600th) and thirty-fifth(601st) minute while Ansu Fati sealed up the three points with a thirty-ninth minute back-heel tap-in from Ferran Torres’ masterpiece.
Lewandowski’s first goal was a classic one with Jordi Alba driving a low pass into the box from the left wing whilst Lewandowski turned fantastically, getting away from and displacing his markers, before getting a clean shot into the box.
His second came four minutes later thanks to Gavi working the ball up the pitch and towards Lewandowski on the left flank with the forward driving further inside, picking his spot expertly on the edge of the box and firing a great curler into the left corner of the Villarreal goal.
Barcelona sealed up the euphoric night just few minutes later as Ferran Torres weaved his way skilfully through yellow shirts before teeing up Ansu Fati for a cool finish.
Lewandowski, a huge blessing to Barcelona
Robert Lewandowski forced a move from the German capital to the Catalan side in July, with Barcelona having to pay 45 million euros plus add-ons in order to land the 34 year old. It’s every bit of correct to say the forward has been worth every penny the Spanish side spent in procuring him.
The Pole has already made a huge impact in the Barcelona team, standing out as a prolific striker and a reliable goal-machine for the Catalan side who have not really had a reliable striker and goal scorer since the departure of Luis Suarez as well as club legend and long time Blaugrana, Lionel Messi. Since his big summer move to the Spotify Camp Nou, Robert Lewandowski(or Lewangoalski) has already scored 16 times and assisted thrice in 14 games.
Barcelona have scored 32 times across all competitions this season which means that the 34-year old has half the number of goals his club has this season. He continues to make big waves in the La Liga and even in the UEFA Champions League where he tops the goalscorer rankings with five goals in four games alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
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Barcelona and the current La Liga situation
Barcelona (25 points) sit three points behind league leaders, Real Madrid(28 points). Los Blancos beat bottom placed Elche by three goals to nil on Wednesday night at the Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium( thanks to goals from Federico Valverde, Marcus Asensio and Karim Benzema) to keep their place at the top of the La Liga table intact. Ancelotti’s men host fourth-placed Sevilla on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu while Xavi and Barcelona take on sixth-placed Athletico Bilbao on Sunday at the Spotify Camp Nou as they look to make up for their matchday nine lapse.
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