Robert Lewandowski scored a brace as Barcelona beat Elche 3-0 at home in La Liga on Saturday night. Memphis Depay scored the other goal. In this victory, Javi Hernandez’s disciples have climbed to the top of the points table. Barca has five wins and one draw in six matches.
Lewandowski scored twice in Barca’s victory
If the finishing was a little better, the Catalan club could have definitely scored 5-6 goals. The statistics of the match clearly shows that Barcelona had 25 shots on goal in the entire 90 minutes. 9 of which were on target. But only three shots found the net.
Elche made Barcelona’s job easy at the start of the match. Gonzalo Wardour was red carded after just 14 minutes for fouling Lewandowski from behind. As a result, the visiting team has to play with one less player for most of the match.
However, the first goal had to wait until 34 minutes. Lewandowski found the back of the net after tapping in from Alexandre Bald’s perfect pass. Seven minutes later it was Memphis who got the ball into the net with a Konakuni shot after taking another pass from Balder.
Barcelona found the back of the net once more before the break. But Pedri was offside before that goal. So the gap did not increase. Back in the second half, Memphis could not get a good foot on Dembele’s pass in the 48th minute. But Lewandowski easily completed the rest of the loose balls.
The 34-year-old star striker also got a hat-trick opportunity after scoring his second goal in just 48 minutes. But in the 71st minute, Lewandowski missed the golden opportunity. He was picked up soon after.
However, Barca’s attack did not stop. In the 80th minute of the match, they got a great chance with a strong attack. But that too could not be used. Elche, who was busy attacking the whole match, made the only attack in the last minute of the match. Which was fruitless.
After this victory, Barcelona is at the top of the table with 16 points in six matches with five wins and one draw. Real has collected 15 points by playing one less match. The reigning La Liga champions will regain top spot if they beat Atletico Madrid today.