Robert Lewandowski scored his fifth goal in four La Liga games for Barcelona and helped his side overcome Sevilla with a 3-0 win on Saturday, with Raphinha and Eric Garcia each adding a goal for the visitors.
The win puts Barcelona second in the standings with 10 points, two behind leaders Real Madrid.
For Julen Lopetegui’s side, however, it was their third defeat in four games, leaving them with a single point in 17th place.
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Screamed by their fans in a sold-out Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, Sevilla got off to an impressive start, pressing Barcelona high and cornered their rivals.
But the visitors silenced the crowd with a blistering 21st-minute counterattack, ending with a Raphinha header on a rebound from a chipped Lewandowski shot that a defender cleared off the line.
Fifteen minutes later Jules Kounde, playing for Sevilla for the first time after leaving to sign with Barcelona in the summer, sent a perfect cross into the box which Lewandowski caught on his chest before hitting his volley into the bottom left corner.
The Polish striker, who joined Barca from Bayern Munich in a blockbuster deal this summer, is already La Liga’s top scorer, tied with Celta striker Iago Aspas.
Barcelona took control of the game and could have won by a much bigger margin. Ousmane Dembele squandered a golden chance to score a third after a fine run just before half-time, but his chipped shot over the goalkeeper sailed just past the left post.
Ten minutes into the second half, Kounde provided another assist, directing a corner kick at the right post to Garcia, who struck from close range to wrap up the three points.
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Lewandowski kept trying to lob the goalkeeper and delivered another chip attempt in a 73rd-minute counterattack only to be denied by a defender on goal again, with Frenkie de Jong almost scoring from the rebound.
The Dutch midfielder fired again just wide of the post five minutes later.
“It was a difficult game but we managed to impose our game plan, the style we are working hard on to establish this new season,” Raphinha told Movistar Plus.
“We have to have the ball and control the games. It is our identity. But the season is long and there is still a long way to go.
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