Liga – 25th day – Lewandowski and Barça winners at the end of the suspense against Celta Vigo (1-2)

It was not a great Barça, but the essential is acquired. For the twenty-fifth day of La Liga 2023-2024, FC Barcelona won on the pitch of Celta de Vigo (1-2). Apathetic and even worrying throughout the entire match, Xavi Hernandez’s men were able to make the difference thanks to the inevitable Robert Lewandowski, author of a double. Without reassuring in the content of their game deployed, the Catalans gained a little confidence before challenging Naples, next Wednesday, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.

The hell of Balaidos ended on a good note for the Blaugrana collective. But without a doubt, the final score remains very (too?) flattering for a team generally lacking inspiration. Fortunately for Barça, this inability to create danger against a team struggling to maintain itself did not prevent Lewandowski from shining with a few offensive crumbs. The Polish international was notably at the origin of the first Catalan opportunity, but Lamine Yamal’s shot did not surprise Vicente Guaita (10th). At the very end of the first period, Yamal returned the favor to his attacking partner by serving him at the right tempo. With a nice sequence, Lewandowski was more realistic than his young teammate to open the scoring with a nice cross shot (45th, 0-1).

A controversial penalty

With this goal just before returning to the locker room, Barça perhaps thought they had done the hardest part. On the contrary, the central defense found itself in dire straits after the exit of Ronald Araujo. Served full axis, Iago Aspas found a way to quickly equalize thanks to a shot deflected by Jules Koundé (47th, 1-1). The following ? A very long agony for Galician spectators in the middle of a dilemma between the satisfaction of grabbing a point at home against a team at the top of the table and the desire to drive home the point against an opponent in full doubt. On the Barça side, the entries of Ilkay Gundogan and Raphinha brought a little more control of the ball without it being transcendent.

The Brazilian’s free kick was deflected by Guaita above his goal (65th), and that’s it. In this footballing void, Barça managed to exert one last pressure on the local defense to obtain a generous penalty in Yamal. Faced with his responsibilities, Lewandowski initially missed his first attempt, but Guaita did not keep one foot on his line at the time of the shot. Without changing his way of shooting, Lewandowski finally scored his fourth goal in Barça’s last three matches (98th, 2-1). Unable to emerge victorious on the Galician club’s pitch since October 2020, FC Barcelona won. But this was clearly not reassuring about his state of health

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