September 26, 2023

Lewandowski Leads Barcelona and Benzema Leads Madrid in La Liga

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Robert Lewandowski maintained his cool, despite a defender stepping in front of him and blocking his view.

The veteran striker scored a beautiful goal after waiting for a gap patiently and then using his backheel for sending the ball in the far corner.

Lewandowski and Benzema shine

After coming from Bayern Munich to join Barcelona, it appears that Lewandowski has absolutely no trouble in scoring.

The top sign of Barcelona for this season was able to score twice on Sunday and led the Catalan club to a victory in La Liga against Valladolid, with the scorecard 4-0.

Karim Benzema has proven himself to be a trustworthy striker for Real Madrid for years and proved his value yet again at Espanyol.

He helped the club land its third consecutive victory when he scored in the 88th minute and the second one came deep into stoppage time, with the defending champions winning 3-1.

This made it the 3rd league goal for Benzema, whereas Lewandowski’s total stands at 4. The striker from Poland had also scored last weekend against Real Sociedad. Out of the 4-1 goals, he landed two on the night.

But, he was denied twice by the woodwork on Sunday at Camp Nou. Speaking of Lewandowski, Xavi Hernandez, the coach for Barcelona, said that he was extraordinary.

Barcelona’s performance

Xavi claimed that the striker is a natural leader who is doing wonders for the club. Barcelona had had disappointing draw at home against Rayo Vallecano with 0-0.

But, Sergio Roberto and Pedri Gonzalez were also able to score goals on Sunday. The 34-year old Lewandowski was signed for almost $50 million from Bayern and scored in the 24th minute.

This was thanks to a good pass from Raphinha, who is another player that Barcelona recently signed and is doing quite well.

Pedri scored in the 43rd minute to add to the lead when he scored from close to the penalty spot. Ousmane Dembele gave an assist and did the same for Lewandowski in the 64th minute.

The scoring came to an end in stoppage time with a gold from Roberto. Speaking of Lewandowski, defender Jules Kounde, who was also newly signed, said that they know what kind of player they had signed.

He called Lewandowski a top striker who showed it with his goals and was helping the team. Kounde had not been able to register before because Barcelona had not been in compliance with the fair play regulations.

But, he was finally able to make his debut the former Sevilla defender was quite impressive.

Madrid remains perfect

Real Madrid had just been a couple of minutes away from losing their perfect record, when Karim Benzema scored two late goals and came through against Espanyol.

While Madrid did not exactly deliver a good performance, Benzema was crucial in salvaging the win after a good cross from Rodrygo.

He was also able to convert a free kick, as Espanyol had exhausted its substitutions before goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte was sent off.

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