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Lewy makes difference at Mallorca

The footballer became the first player to score in six consecutive La Liga weeks since Ruud van Nistelrooy with Real Madrid in the 2006-07 season
Robert Lewandowski.
Robert Lewandowski.
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Reuters   |   Mallorca   |   Published 03.10.22, 03:33 AM

Robert Lewandowski scored again to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at Mallorca in the La Liga on Saturday.

The hosts were the better side, creating several good opportunities but goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen was flawless, making brilliant saves to deny Jaume Costa, Antonio Sanchez and Kang-In Lee.

Barcelona, however, made the most of what was their only clear scoring opportunity that they had thanks to the genius of Lewandowski. The Polish striker secured Barca’s points in the 20th minute when he sped into the area, made a brilliant cut inside to clear a defender and slotted the ball to the goalkeeper’s left.

Lewandowski became the first player to score in six consecutive La Liga weeks since Ruud van Nistelrooy with Real Madrid in the 2006-07 season. It was the Pole’s ninth goal of the season, and eighth in the league. No player has scored eight goals in his first seven La Liga games since Christian Vieri with Atletico Madrid in 1997.

Barca manager Xavi Hernandez had a major headache in selecting his matchday squad after several key players reported back from international duty nursing injuries.

Xavi gave teenager Ansu Fati his second start of the season and his first in the league. The 19-year-old, fighting his way back from four surgeries to repair an injury to his left knee suffered in late 2020, started the move that led to Barca’s goal, stealing the ball on the left and passing to Lewandowski. But it was Ter Stegen who was responsible for Barca coming away with a win. He made a magnificent stop with his right knee in the 35th minute, denying a close-range first-touch strike from Jaume Costa.



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