LaLiga match result, summary and goals

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More than two years later, the Barcelona will again sleep at the top of the ranking of The leagueafter the comfortable victory against Elche (3-0), still with Robert Lewandowski (two goals) in great style and against a rival who paid dearly for the expulsion of Gonzalo Verdu a quarter of an hour.

I didn’t need the team Xavi Hernandez his best version, as Francisco’s plan (5-4-1) fell apart when he was left with ten men. Barcelona amassed the game, tamed the rival and secured victory with greater ease than seen in the first half hour.

And the difference is that Lewandowski, author of eight goals in the first six La Liga matches, eleven in total with the three scored in the Champions League. The Pole appears in the area as a magician, gives goals and spaces, so far he has been unstoppable.


Everyone hugs Lewandowski, Xavi’s goalscorer at Barcelona.

Jeanne Montfort / AP

It sounds ‘a cappella’ and from the south end: “Rooobert Lewandowsskiii” to the rhythm of “The Flintstones”. Barça’s nine smiles, bangs his knuckles and celebrates, one, two… He is the image of this Barça, capable of scoring after a magnificent shot, by position on the field or even by intuition.

Without shine, Barcelona beat Elche without dishevelment

And that today it was difficult for Barça to get to the heart of the matter. Elche locked the game and the azulgrana lacked fluidity. With by Jong and Pedri in the handle, the five changes introduced by Xavi compared to the game in Munich were unclear due to the defensive density of Elche and the lack of speed in the movement of the locals.

Only Ousmane Dembélé, who was a father yesterday morning, appeared on the right to give depth to his team. The match was interrupted by an action from Frenkie de Jong, which enabled Lewandowski. Gonzalo Verdú caught the Pole and was sent off.


Barcelona beat Elche and climb to the top of the table.

Jeanne Montfort / AP

From that moment (min. 14) Elche’s plan fell apart and Barcelona started to arrive. With patience, but without pause. Dembélé (20 and 25), De Jong (23 and 26) and Memphis (24) were close to scoring, but Edgar Badia became the best of his team.

At that time, the only possibility Elche saw to come into play was the sending off of Frank Kessié, who had a yellow card and touched the second, but that did not happen.

Barça opened the box at minute 34, in a collective action that finished Lewandowski at the far post after an assist from Balde (min. 34), seven minutes later Memphis Depay, in a buoy game, controlled his back, changed the ball on foot and scored 2-0 to certify victory.


Xavi gives hints during the game between Barcelona and Elche.

Alejandro Garcia / EFE

Before the end of the first half, even Pedri scored a goal, disallowed for offside. The 3-0 was again the work of Lewandowski, after grabbing a rebound in the box after a game from Dembélé, which Memphis did not close in the 48th minute.

Half an hour from the end Bellerin, Raphinha and Ansu they came into play; Lewandowski could still score a little more, before being replaced by Fernando Torresbut Edgar Badia returns to exhibit his class.

The win sees Barcelona add their fifth victory in six matches and top La Liga at the expense of the Madrid derby tomorrow, Sunday. Since the azulgrana were not at the top of the championship, 27 months have passed.