December 8, 2023

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace before halftime to help Barcelona clinch LaLiga glory Barcelona wrapped up the LaLiga title in style as Robert Lewandowski’s double helped the Blaugrana to a 4-2 thrashing of relegation-threatened rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

Xavi’s men headed to the RCDE Stadium knowing a derby victory would secure a 27th LaLiga crown, and a superb display saw them put Espanyol to the sword as Lewandowski scored the first goal and third for Barcelona while exciting left back Alejandro Balde scored the second goal just nine minutes after lewandowski scored the opening goal to give Barcelona a commanding lead at the break.

Jules Kounde added a fourth not long after half-time, which proved late strikes from Javier Puado and Joselu as mere consolations for Luis Garcia Fernandez’s underwhelming hosts. Barca clinch their first league title since the 2018-19 campaign with four games to play, this becomes first laliga title for Barcelona under Xavi and their 27th laliga title in total. Espanyol fought back through Puado’s neat 73rd-minute chip and Joselu’s cool stoppage-time finish, but it would matter little as Barca ran out comfortable winners to win the title.

Lewandowski has scored 21 goals in 30 games for Barcelona in LaLiga, becoming the fourth fastest player to reach 20 goals in the competition in the 21st century, after Julio Baptista in 2004 (30 matches), Radamel Falcao in 2012 (26) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 (24).

Espanyol have now gone 26 derbies in a row without a win against Barcelona in LaLiga (D7 L19), the worst winless run against a single opponent in their top-flight history, and the worst winless streak by any team in any regional derby in the competition.


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