Robert Lewandowski scored his second consecutive double as Barcelona breezed past Real Valladolid with a comfortable 4-0 La Liga victory at Camp Nou.
It was Barça’s second win from three games in the new season and moved them up to second in the table with seven points, two behind the leaders Real Betis and provisionally one ahead of Real Madrid, who face Espanyol later on Sunday.
Against Valladolid they were finally able to deploy defender Jules Koundé, the France international who missed the first two games of the season with Barcelona unable to register him as they struggled to comply with La Liga’s financial fair play rules. Koundé played from the start and had a solid showing as Barça dominated the game and never gave Valladolid a chance.
Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembélé both went close for Barcelona, hitting the post early on. But it did not take long for the hosts to open the scoring, as Lewandowski stroked home from close range from a perfect Raphinha cross to the far post in the 24th minute.
Barcelona extended their lead right before half-time through Pedri, who rifled a curling strike into the top-left corner after a nice pass by Dembélé from the right touchline. Lewandowski scored Barça’s third in the 65th minute with a brilliant backheel that deflected off a defender before beating goalkeeper Jordi Masip.
The Poland striker had a golden opportunity to complete a hat-trick in added time, but Masip made a great stop to keep out his close-range shot. Sergi Roberto, however, was in the right place to strike home the rebound and wrap up the points.
Sid Lowe is now taking a well-earned break. We’ll have reports and roundups of the action from Spain each Sunday night in the meantime