Defending champions Real Madrid celebrated their French top scorer Karim Benzema and Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti by beating host Espanyol 3-1, while Barcelona continued their fine performance to claim their second win in a row at the expense of their guest, Valladolid, with four clean sheets, including a brace by Polish star Robert Lewandowski, in the third phase of the Sunday Spanish soccer league.
La Real came to the match excited by the selection of their top scorer, Benzema, the best player in Europe, and Ancelotti, the best coach.
The Frenchman scored a brace in the match (80 and 90+10), after his Brazilian teammate, Vinicius Junior, opened the scoring (12), while Joselo scored Espanyol’s only goal (43).
With this result, Real achieved the complete record by reaching the ninth point, to occupy the throne of the classification, tied with Real Betis, while Espanyol froze at one point in sixteenth place.
And the “Royal” imposed their dominance from the start of the match, and from the first opportunities, Vinicius scored the goal from the lead after receiving a deep pass from Frenchman Aurelian Chawamini, to receive it with a direct touch on the net ( 12) .
Espanyol managed to equalize through Joselo, whose shot was covered by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, before the ball bounced off him and put it into the net (43).
La Real continued with their attempts in the second half, and the second goal came through a cross sent by the Brazilian Rodrigo towards Benzema, who went up with his foot and directed the ball into the net (80).
And the French Espanyol goalkeeper, Benjamín Leconte, was sent off (90 + 6), and the Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera was forced to put on gloves, and failed to save a foul that Benzema scored (90 + 10).
And in Catalonia, too, the victory was Barcelona. In addition to the goals from ‘Liva’ (24 and 65), the young Pedri scored a goal in the 43rd minute and Sergio Roberto (90+2), to raise Barcelona’s score to seven points, third behind Real Betis (9 points). ).
For its part, Valladolid was left with an orphan point scored by the tie with Sevilla in the last stage, and is now in the penultimate nineteenth place.
And at the “Camp Nou” stadium, Barcelona’s bastion, the “Blaugrana” started strongly from the start of the match, through chances by Frenchman Osman Dembele and Lewandowski, amid great brilliance by Brazilian Rafinha for the right. runner and with the first participation of the French rookie Jules Conde.
The hosts managed to put pressure on the first goal in the 24th minute, when Lewandowski received a cross from Rafinha and finished it off with his toe into the net.
With this goal, Lewandowski overtook his Gabonese teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to become the oldest player to score three goals in his first three “La Liga” games during the 21st century, at the age of 34 and 7. days (Aubameyang last season 32 years) and 247 days”, according to the sports statistics network “Opta”.
Despite the brilliance of Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip saving several opportunities, among which Dembélé’s shot (36) stands out, Barcelona was on the way to scoring the second goal through Pedri, who received a pass from Dembélé, and finished it off perfectly with his forehand to the foot. left of Masip (43).
Lewandowski added his second goal of the game in the 65th minute, when he received a deep pass from Dembélé, and hit with the heel of his foot to the goalkeeper’s right.
Roberto managed to score the fourth goal in the second minute of time, instead of missing, when Lewandowski hit a ball that was stopped by the goalkeeper, hitting the crossbar and bouncing in front of the Spaniard, who easily put it into the net (90 + 2 ).
Getafe, on the other hand, slowed Villarreal’s start and prevented them from achieving the full record when they were beaten 0-0 on Sunday.
Thus, Getafe snatched their first points this season in penultimate nineteenth place, after suffering two defeats in the last two stages against Atlético de Madrid and Girona.
As for the “Yellow Submarines” team, they raised their score to seven points, temporarily in third place.