Real Sociedad 1-4 Barcelona Birthday boy

  • Robert Lewandowski opened his account for Barcelona after just 44 seconds in a 3-1 victory against Real Sociedad as part of a brace to celebrate his birthday.Aleksander Isak wasted no time in equalising for the hosts, who forced Marc Andre Ter Stegen into some fine saves and saw a second-half goal ruled out for offside.Ansu Fati provided the inspiration to end Barcelonas three-game streak without a win, coming off the bench to provide twoa sists in six minutes Ousmane Dembele and Lewandowski the beneficiaries.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.Barcelonas 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.The hosts took just five minutes to respond though, Frenkie de Jong dispo se sed 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 Mendezs free-kick found its way all the way past Ter Stegen but the offside flag was raised as Robin Le Normand impeded the Germans view.Fati provided an immediate impact after his introduction, backheeling into the path of Dembele to drill home into the far corner, then tapping a pa s to Lewandowski to make it three.Lewandowski then turned provider forFati, flicking the ball through for the Spaniard to slot home and guarantee a first win of the season. What does it mean? Barcelona finally get firingBarcelona have never gone four LaLiga matches in a row without scoring and, while Lewandowskis quick strike ensured that stat would remain, it was far from a thrilling display in the first half from Xavis side.When they eventually got going, Barcelona were ruthle s scoring with four of their seven attempts on target which, given two were tame attempts from Lewandowski, paints a much more encouraging picture.Slow starts will continue to be a concern though, as will the way in which Isak opened the scoring after Silva robbed De Jong of po se sion in midfield.Xavis super subThe turning point in the game came with a double substitution on 62 minutes, Xavi introducing Fati and Raphinha, and the former inspired a formerly toothle s side to show their teeth.Teeing upDembele and Lewandowski in the space of just a few minutes, Fati then struck himself finishing the game with two a sists and a goal, completing 15 of 18 pa s attempts seven of which came in the final third.Isolated IsakIsaks fortuitous finish to level the score was the only moment of note for the Swedish striker, who struggled to establish any sort of foothold in the game before being substituted in the second half.The 22-year-old had just 22 touches, fewer than any other player to have started the match, lost po se sion on 12 occasions and entered the final third just once.Whats next?Barcelona host Real Valladolid on Sunday, while Real Sociedad travel to Elche a day prior.

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