Lewandowski Nails Hat-Trick to Bounce Barca back to 2nd Place in La Liga Standings

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Lewandowski hat-trick puts Barca back to 2nd in La Liga

A second half hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski helped FC Barcelona come back from a goal down to beat Valencia 2-1 in the former Olympic Stadium in Montjuic, reported Xinhua.

The result sees Barca move back above Girona in La Liga ahead of its game in Girona next weekend and also means that Real Madrid can't assure the La Liga title in its match at home to Cadiz next week.

Barcelona opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Fermin Lopez again showed his intelligence around the penalty area when he darted in between two defenders to head home Raphinha's pinpoint cross.

Barca's lead didn't last long in a rainy Montjuic after Hugo Duro leveled five minutes later.

Valencia's top scorer chased down a long ball over the top and although Marc Andre Ter Stegen got to the ball with time to spare, he tried to clip the ball over the striker's leg, only to give Duro the gift of an open goal to put the ball into.

Another ball over the top saw Peter Gonzalez through on goal before being wiped out by Ronald Araujo in the Barca area, with Pepelu stepping up to put Valencia ahead from the spot.

The game took another dramatic turn in the last minute of the half when Valencia goalkeeper, Giorgi Mamardashvili's control let him down and he committed handball outside his area as Lamine Yamal looked to beat him.

Referee De Burgos Bengoetxea had no option but to send Mamardashvili off, leaving Valencia to play the second half with 10 men.

Barcelona levelled three minutes into the second half when Lewandowski flicked home a near-post corner, with Valencia claiming a positional offside from Fermin.

The second half was one-way traffic, with Barcelona playing in the Valencia half, although defended with two ordered lines to deny them spaces.

The visitors should have gone back ahead with 17 minutes left to play when Peter and Diego Lopez combined to leave the latter through on goal, only for Pedri to make a last-gasp challenge as Lopez looked certain to score.

Lewandowski headed in his second of the game in the 82nd minute after Araujo won a challenge against substitute keeper Jaume Domenech, leaving him with a simple finish.

Lewandowski completed his hat-trick in injury time with a free kick into the top-corner that gave Domenech no chance.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

8 Comments
  1. AlexSmith92 says

    Wow, what an incredible game! Lewandowski’s hat-trick really turned the tables for Barca. It’s amazing to see them back at 2nd in La Liga. This victory sets the stage for an exciting upcoming game against Girona. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds!

  2. EmilyJohnson_82 says

    Wow, Lewandowski really turned the game around with that hat-trick! Barcelona showed great resilience to come back after being a goal down. Can’t wait to see how they perform against Girona next week! #ViscaBarca

  3. EmilySmith24 says

    Wow, what an incredible performance by Lewandowski! He really showed his skill and determination in turning the game around for Barcelona. It’s always thrilling to see such talent on the field.

  4. EmmaSmith2000 says

    Wow, Lewandowski really impressed everyone with that amazing hat-trick! Barcelona fought hard to secure the win and bounce back to 2nd place. Can’t wait to see how they perform in their upcoming matches!

  5. Julia87 says

    Great performance by Lewandowski! He really showed his skill and determination to lead Barcelona to victory. It’s impressive how he turned the game around with his hat-trick. Looking forward to Barcelona’s next matches!

  6. EmilySmith96 says

    Wow, what a thrilling match! Lewandowski really showcased his talent with that hat-trick. Barca’s comeback was impressive, especially considering they were down to 10 men. Excited to see how they perform in the upcoming games!

  7. SophiaSmith23 says

    Wow, what a thrilling match! Lewandowski’s phenomenal performance really turned the game around for Barca. It’s amazing to see how one player can make such a huge impact. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the La Liga season unfolds!

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    Amazing performance by Lewandowski! He truly showcased his talent with that hat-trick. Barcelona’s comeback was truly exhilarating to watch. Can’t wait to see how they perform in the upcoming games.

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