Robert Lewandowski has shortly shaken off his disappointing return to Bayern Munich by scoring twice to steer Barcelona to a 4-Zero victory at dwelling over 10-man Elche within the Spanish league.
They had been Lewandowski’s seventh and eighth objectives in a five-game scoring streak in La Liga and took his general tally to 11 in eight video games since he transferred to Barcelona from Bayern this summer time.
The straightforward win on Saturday got here after Xavi Hernandez’s facet suffered their solely lack of the season at Bayern within the Champions League in midweek.
Lewandowski had missed some clear possibilities in opposition to the group he helped lead for eight seasons earlier than coming to Camp Nou.
However he bounced again in fashion, serving to Barcelona transfer to the highest of the league standings by one level above Actual Madrid earlier than the defending champions play their derby at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Elche had defender Gonzalo Verdu despatched off within the 15th minute for pulling Lewandowski down when the striker was in place to latch onto a cross that might have left him on their own within the space.
The referee did not hesitate in sending off Verdu with a direct crimson since he was the final defender.
Lewandowski then opened the scoring within the 33rd when he tapped in a cross from 18-year-old left again Alejandro Balde.
Memphis Depay doubled the lead within the 41st when he obtained a cross from Balde, spun round his marker and fired dwelling.
Lewandowski made it a double three minutes after halftime when he completed off a harmful cross by Ousmane Dembele.
“I’m always shocked by what an 18-year-old can do at this degree,” Xavi mentioned of the wonderful Balde. “He’s in nice form and offers us so much.”
Elche, in final place as the one group but to win within the league, additionally misplaced coach Francisco Rodriguez simply earlier than halftime when he was issued a crimson card, apparently for inappropriate language.
Elsewhere, Valencia rolled to a 3-Zero win over 10-man Celta Vigo, regardless of a subdued debut of Edinson Cavani.
The veteran Uruguay striker, who joined Valencia final month, skilled for the previous three weeks to get into enjoying form as he bids to make Uruguay’s World Cup squad.
Samuel Castillejos, Marcos Andre and Andre Almeida all scored, whereas Celta misplaced Franco Cervi to a direct crimson card for a harmful sort out of Thierry Correia.
“I used to be excited to lastly reside this second, to run on the sphere, to really feel the environment,” mentioned Cavani, who was substituted within the 72nd minute.
“This is step one.”
Javier Aguirre’s Mallorca climbed into the higher half of the desk after edging Almeria 1-Zero for his or her first dwelling win.