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    Robert Lewandowski Ends Goal Drought as Barcelona Triumphs in Thriller Against Villarreal

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    In a gripping encounter of La Liga’s third round, Robert Lewandowski broke his goal drought for the new season. Barcelona emerged victorious against Villarreal in a wild 4-3 match at Estadio de la Ceramica. The clash showcased the resilience of Xavi Hernandez’s side, marked by his brother Oscar Hernandez replacing him on the bench due to suspension.

    The match’s early moments indicated a challenging contest for Xavi’s players, signaled by Alexander Sorloth’s 5th-minute warning shot, disallowed due to a marginal offside. The Villarreal striker faced Marc-Andre ter Stegen again in the 9th minute, only for the goalkeeper to come out on top.

    Barcelona’s Momentum

    Barcelona, the reigning Spanish champions, demonstrated their clinical edge in the 12th minute. Gavi, meeting Lamine Yamal’s cross, headed the ball past Filip Joergensen. Just three minutes later, Frenkie de Jong converted Alfonso Pedraza’s pass after Lewandowski’s blocked attempt, securing a 2-0 lead.

    Villarreal didn’t back down and swiftly narrowed the gap. Juan Foyth’s header from an Alex Baena corner brought the score to 2-1, setting the stage for an intense second half.

    Lewandowski’s Redemption

    Lewandowski’s opportunity arrived in the 71st minute. After Joergensen parried Yamal’s shot onto the post, the Polish striker was in the right place at the right time, netting the equalizer. The goal ended his goal drought, providing relief and sealing Barcelona’s 4-3 win.

    Despite Villarreal’s determined efforts, Barcelona maintained control until the final whistle, securing seven points from three matches. Lewandowski’s breakthrough highlighted the match, a welcome sign for both the player and the team.

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