It was another match after the El Clasico loss against Real Madrid, in which Barcelona Roberta participated Lewandowski She was unable to withstand slipping and losing points, while facing a very tough opponent. And in order not to lose the distance in front of “Royal” who beat Seville 3-1 on Saturday, Barcelona had to defeat Athletic Bilbao sixth in the standings at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening led by its former coach Ernesto Valverde, who was under the leadership of the Catalan team. He won the last Spanish championship in the 2018/19 season.
Lewandowski goal and assist. Barcelona beat Athletic
And while everyone was expecting a difficult pass for Xavi, the reality turned out to be quite different. The Barcelona coach hit the team, bet on four midfielders (Busquets, De Jong, Badri and Jaffe), as well as Osman. DembeleWho in the first half broke up the Basque defense with Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona started shooting in the 12th minute Toys. First, Unai Simon effectively defended Dembele, but Robert Lewandowski also caught the ball and cut it perfectly over the head of the French, who did not give up this time. Goalkeeper Athletics no chance.
Six minutes later, Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto was in good shape after a superb pass into the penalty area by Dembele. The Spaniard hit the goal from about ten meters away, and Inigo Martinez deflected by Inigo Martinez surprised Simon and fell into the net.
siri Robert Lewandowski finished three goals in ten minutes in the 22nd minute. The captain of the Polish national team received a very good pass from Dembele, turned the ball into the penalty area and lifted the ball into Simon’s goal with a powerful shot with his left foot to 3: 0.
After just 22 minutes, Barcelona practically decided the fate of the match and could easily control the rhythm of the match, already taking into account Wednesday’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou. The only bad news for Xavi Hernandez was when Gavi walked off the field, which was demolished by Dani Garcia in the middle of the field. While referee Juan Martínez Munoaira inexplicably did not blow the foul whistle, Gavi could not continue the match, although, as reported by Catalan journalists, most likely in his case he would only end up with a severe bruise.
The second half did not start with crazy attempts to equalize Athletic Bilbao, but the closest goal came when one of the visitors’ defenders Pedri hit his team’s penalty area and the ball hit Simon’s goal post. Therefore, Xavi Hernandez after an hour of playing began to save his key players – Robert Lewandowski (he scored the 12th and 4th goal in this league season), Pedri and Jules Conde, who left the field.
The two substitutes – Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres – were eager to play. First, they both missed one good chance to raise their scores. In the end, the latter managed to get into the list of shooters – in the 73rd minute, the Spaniard, after the third assist of Dembele, took advantage of a one-on-one position with the goalkeeper and scored 4-0.
In the last quarter of the hour, Xavi Hernandez made another change – he allowed 19-year-old midfielder Pablo Toure to make his La Liga debut, who had previously played only a few minutes in the Champions League match against Victoria Belzno (5). 1). This still did not protect the main Barcelona player from injury at the end of the match – unlucky Sergi Roberto, who sustained a shoulder injury after one of the interferences, made him unable to continue the match and forced Barcelona to end the match. The match is in the eye of the bull.
This could be used by Athletic, who, after Ter Stegen’s mistake, created a great opportunity to score an honorary goal. But Oyhan Sunset and one of his teammates were hit on the goal line by the home team’s defenders.
The result has not changed anymore. Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 and kept losing three points to league leaders Real Madrid. Now Xavi’s side have an even tougher task in the Champions League – Bayern Munich face the Camp Nou on Wednesday, but it’s the previous game between Inter Milan and Viktoria Bielzno that will show whether the match with the German champions will be of any interest. for the Catalans.
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