Barcelona vs Sevilla : Barca have returned, The Blaugranas went on the road and beat Champions League side Sevilla 3-0 to get just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
In his fourth career La Liga match, Robert Lewandowski scored his fifth goal of the campaign and the Polish player played a crucial role in another goal , as Barcelona took the game to a draw during the opening half. In the second half, an Eric Garcia goal after a short-corner goal let the subs move throughout the second period.
For Sevilla this was a crushing defeat, their third loss in just four games. After finishing fourth this year, Sevilla sits at the lowest of the table, and their manager Julen Lopetegui is feeling a lot of stress following the worst start to the season since 1981. Fans shouted “Lopetegui dimision” (Lopetegui resignation) after the game.
Supported by a loud home crowd, Sevilla started strong with Isco playing a key role. They were only thwarted by an impressive early save by Barcelona’s Marc André Ter Stegen, as well as several offside decisions. However, Barcelona’s forwards weren’t so accommodating.
Lewandowski played a key role in the opening Barcelona goal, as his chip that was cleared off the line and the teammate Raphinha was waiting to strike and strike to the goal with the ball in the air. Lewandowski Polish international then showed his world-class skills in another goal. directing the ball by his chest before slapping the ball over the Sevilla goalkeeper with a stunningly smooth move.
Xavi Hernandez’s team will next prepare for their 2022/23 Champions League debut at home against Czech team Viktoria Plzen, while Sevilla will be battling it for them in this tournament against English Champions Manchester City.
Barcelona’s stars stand out
It wasn’t just a Lewandowski performance. Gavi played with dominance in midfield. Jules Kounde was exceptional at right-back — he scored in two goals in addition, Eric Garcia made a handful of key defensive moves as well as scoring one goal. In the wing, Ousmane Dembele made some questionable choices on the attacking side, but also played a significant role.
And then there’s the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who made an important save at moment in the game. He was also prepared to respond to the Papu Gomez shot from the blue.
Of course, a few of the same players were on the team during the tougher times of the previous campaign. What’s the difference? There’s no doubt about it Robert Lewandowski’s presence at the last time has brought the team with a sense of confidence the group and has improved the overall level of play.
Sevilla vs. Barcelona final score
BAR — Raphinha — 21st min.
BAR — Robert Lewandowski (Jules Kounde) — 35th min.
BAR — Eric Garcia (Jules Kounde) — 50th min.