Birthday boy Lewandowski hits brace to end barren streak, as barca defeat Real Sociedad 4-1


In the first 44 seconds of Barcelona’s 3-1 triumph over Real Sociedad, Robert Lewandowski scored his team’s first goal for the club, the first of a birthday celebration brace.

The hosts quickly equalized through Aleksander Isak after forcing Marc Andre Ter Stegen into several excellent saves and had a goal in the second half disallowed for offside.

Ansu Fati, who came on as a substitute and gave two assists in six minutes to Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski, inspired Barcelona to snap its three-game losing streak.

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The Spaniard then added his name to the scoresheet after Lewandowski returned the favour, coolly slotting home to ensure all three points would come to Catalonia.

Barcelona’s barren streak of 360 minutes without a goal came to an abrupt end, Lewandowski steering home after Alejandro Balde led a counter-attack for the visitors to celebrate his birthday with his first LaLiga goal.

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The hosts took just five minutes to respond though, Frenkie de Jong dispossessed in midfield and David Silva feeding through Isak – who saw his finish loft over the head of Marc Andre ter Stegen after a deflection off Eric Garcia.

Seven minutes after the restart, the hosts thought they had taken the lead as Brais Mendez’s free-kick found its way all the way past Ter Stegen but the offside flag was raised as Robin Le Normand impeded the German’s view.

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Fati provided an immediate impact after his introduction, backheeling into the path of Dembele to drill home into the far corner, then tapping a pass to Lewandowski to make it three.

Lewandowski then turned provider for Fati, flicking the ball through for the Spaniard to slot home and guarantee a first win of the season.

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