Monday, 5 June, 2023

Lewandowski hits brace in Barca win

Robert Lewandowski struck twice as Barcelona moved 15 points clear at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 4-0 win at Elche on Saturday.

Barca's Polish forward Lewandowski has endured a small dip in form recently but was back to his lethal best to continue the Catalans' procession towards their first title since 2019.

Ansu Fati also scored for the first time since October in the league and Ferran Torres rounded out the comfortable win, as Xavi was able to start some reserve players ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Real Madrid. "We'll see what Madrid do tomorrow, (but) if we win our games, we will be champions," Eric Garcia told Movistar.

Lewandowski broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with his first goal in four league matches, scuffing a finish into the ground, with the ball looping over a defender and into the net.

Fati stretched Barcelona's advantage 10 minutes into the second half, driving forward from the halfway line and drilling into the bottom corner.

Lewandowski pounced again after Gavi won the ball back for the third and then set up Torres, who drifted inside and slotted home the fourth.

Xavi handed midfielder Aleix Garrido, 19, his debut in the final stages.