Lewandowski scored two more goals as Barcelona beat Elche

Lewandowski scored two more goals as Barcelona beat Elche

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski made his disappointing return to Bayern Munich by scoring twice to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win at home to 10-man Elche in the Spanish league on Saturday. .

It was Lewandowski’s seventh and eighth goals in a five-game scoring streak and took his tally to 11 in eight games since his move from Bayern to Barcelona this summer.

The easy win came after Xavi Hernandez’s side suffered their only defeat of the season at Bayern, 2-0 in the Champions League this week. Lewandowski missed some clear chances against the team he helped lead for eight seasons before arriving at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona moved to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of the league table before the defending champions play a derby at Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Athletic Bilbao continued their strong start under Ernesto Valverde with a 3-2 win over Rio Vallecano to move three points adrift of Barcelona into third.

Ilche ​​was left with a hole in his backline in the 15th minute when defender Gonzalo Verdo brought down Lewandowski as the striker was in a position to latch on to a pass that would have left him alone in the area. The referee hesitated to send Verdo off with a straight red as he was the last defender.

Vardhu, who had just started his season after recovering from injury, understood that his sending off was a blow to his team’s hard work to face Barcelona at their home stadium.

“I haven’t played for a long time due to injury, and to come here and start… I was very excited, but in the 15th everything went wrong. I collided with the striker, the ball in such a place. It was empty where he could reach it,” Vardo said. “I take responsibility for the result and must do more for my team.”

Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 33rd on a cross from 18-year-old left winger Alejandro Bald.

Memphis Depay doubled the lead in the 41st when he received a pass from Bald, rounded his marker and fired home.

Lewandowski made it two after three minutes of the half when he finished off a dangerous cross from Ousmane Dembele.

Bald, who has assisted three goals this season, has clearly won the starting job over veteran Jordi Alba, who appears to be third in the pecking order on the left, ahead of newcomer Marcos Alonso. back too Bald has started five straight league games, while Alonso has played well at Bayern.

“I’m constantly amazed at what an 18-year-old can do at this level,” Xavi said. “He is in good form and gives us a lot.”

William Burrows

Anaki Williams and younger brother Nico Williams, who was called up by Spain this week, both scored in a thrilling 2-1 home win for Athletic in Rio.

Rio’s second goal was brilliantly scored by substitute Radamel Falcao, who used the side of his boot to redirect a cross while avoiding Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez.

Ander Herrera begins his second spell at Bilbao eight years after leaving the club for Manchester United. He returned on loan from Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 33.

Cavani begins

Valencia thrashed 10-man Celta Vigo 3-0 in Edinson Cavani’s debut match.

The experienced Uruguayan striker, bought in the transfer market, has been training for the last three weeks to get into match shape. Cavani, 35, wants to play for Uruguay at the World Cup in November.

“I was excited to finally live this moment, to run on the field, to feel the atmosphere,” said Cavani, who was placed 72nd. “This is the first step.”

Also, Mallorca beat Almeria 1-0 for their first home win.

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