Robert Lewandowski scores twice as Barcelona overtake Real Valladolid 4-0

After starting La Liga season with a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona have put in two strong performances against Real Sociedad and now Valladolid – signs that the Catalan club could do better this season than last.

Lewandowski was denied by the post at the start of Sunday’s game, as was Ousmane Dembélé ten minutes later.

However, the Polish striker capitalized on Barça’s pressure and scored his first goal, converting a Raphinha cross with a clean finish at the far post.

Pedri doubled the Blaugrana lead from inside the box just before half-time and the game was all but over for newly promoted Valladolid just after the hour mark when Lewandowski produced a superb backhand after Dembélé’s pass.

Lewandowski almost scored a hat-trick in the final moments but his shot ricocheted off the bar and landed on Sergi Roberto who completed the loss.

Jules Koundé made his first official start for Barcelona against Valladolid.
The win also included a league debut for Jules Koundé – one of the signings Barcelona struggled to register ahead of the season as the club struggled with financial turmoil and compliance with La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The French defender proved a useful addition to the starting XI as he cleared a shot off the line midway through the second half.

Third in La Liga after three games behind holders Real Madrid and Real Betis, Barcelona are next up against Sevilla, who have been unbeaten this season, on Saturday.