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In a thrilling La Liga encounter, Robert Lewandowski emerged as Barcelona’s hero as he orchestrated a remarkable comeback against Celta Vigo, securing a 3-2 victory for the Catalan giants. Despite a less-than-perfect performance, the Polish striker’s two crucial goals in the final minutes of the match earned him accolades from the Catalan media.
The match, which was part of the sixth round of La Liga, seemed poised for an upset. Barcelona found themselves trailing 0-2 at home against Celta Vigo until the 80th minute. While Barcelona dominated possession, the hope of a comeback appeared increasingly elusive. However, it was then that Robert Lewandowski stepped up to the plate, netting two goals in just five minutes (81st and 85th minute). The match’s final score was sealed by Joao Cancelo in the 89th minute, allowing Barcelona to celebrate three valuable points.
𝐑𝐎𝐎𝐎𝐎𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐓 𝐋𝐄𝐖𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐎𝐖𝐒𝐊𝐈! 🚀🇵🇱 Co za wykończenie polskiego napastnika! 🥋 I to podanie od Joao Felixa! 🍪— CANAL+ SPORT (@CANALPLUS_SPORT) September 23, 2023
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Catalan media, particularly “Sport” and “Mundo Deportivo,” had their say on Lewandowski’s performance. “Sport” awarded the Polish striker a rating of 7 out of 10, placing him among the six Barcelona players who received this score. They acknowledged that the Celta Vigo defenders made life difficult for him until he rebelled. His goal, assisted by Joao Felix and executed precisely within the penalty area, marked his resurgence when the team was in dire straits. On the other hand, “Mundo Deportivo” pointed out that Lewandowski wasn’t the standout player for most of the game. Still, his ability to deliver in critical moments was commendable. They noted that while he didn’t have a brilliant game, his knack for converting both of the opportunities he received into goals was praiseworthy.
DRUGI GOL ROBERTA LEWANDOWSKIEGO!!! 🇵🇱😱 Cudowna końcówka meczu w wykonaniu Polaka! ⭐ Remontada Barcelony z Celtą stała się faktem! 🔥🔥🔥— CANAL+ SPORT (@CANALPLUS_SPORT) September 23, 2023
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Euphoria in the Stadium
“El Nacional” emphasized the euphoria that engulfed the stadium after Lewandowski’s goals. Five minutes after a figurative cold shower, Lewandowski reignited hope with a well-placed shot that found the back of the Galician net. The hope surged even further when the Polish striker scored again, prompting a frenzy among the passionate crowd.
After six matches, Barcelona sits atop the La Liga standings with 16 points. However, they must await the outcome of the Real Madrid versus Atletico match on September 24th to maintain their position.
Lewandowski’s Golden Boot Pursuit
Lewandowski currently leads the Spanish league’s scoring charts with five goals, tied with Jude Bellingham. However, the Polish striker boasts more assists, tallying three, compared to Bellingham’s one.