BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to help Barcelona to a 4-0 win at Cadiz in the Spanish league on Saturday as the Poland striker was on the mend before facing former club Bayern Munich. Extend your high scoring streak.
The game was stopped for more than half an hour as Red Cross medics attended to a fan with a medical emergency in the stands. The man, who appeared to have suffered heart problems, was eventually carried off on a stretcher for the final eight minutes of play before the restart.
Lewandowski scored his ninth goal in five games to double Barcelona’s lead after Frenkie de Jong’s 55th-minute opener. He has failed to score in his first game – in just one game – since joining Barcelona from Bayern this summer.
After the game was stopped for a sick fan, Lewandowski assisted Ansu Fati before Ousmane Dembele struck from long range to make it through.
A fourth win in a row in the Spanish league lifted Barcelona to the top of the standings, one point ahead of defending champions Real Madrid ahead of hosts Mallorca on Sunday.
Coach Xavi Hernandez left Lewandowski, Dembele and Padre Gonzalez out of his starting line-up ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Germany in the Champions League. All three came moments after De Jong’s goal.
Both Xavi and Cadiz counterpart Sergio Gonzalez wished the injured fan a speedy recovery, agreeing that the incident, which silenced the Nuevo Mirandela stadium in southern Spain, was a reminder that football is only a game.
“Health, again, is the most important thing,” Xavi said. “We hope he gets well soon.”