Robert Lewandowski was the hero in El Sadar on Sunday night, as FC Barcelona beat Osasuna 2-1 in La Liga.
Barca have been fortunate to not go a purpose down across the half hour mark, when Jesus Arseo performed a intelligent one-two and minimize the ball again for Aimar Oroz.
Fortunately Ter Stegen was able to make a implausible one-hand save, as Oroz’s effort was absolutely headed for the again of the web.
Jules Kounde headed dwelling to place the guests in entrance in stoppage time, as Ilkay Gundogan picked up his second help of the season together with his perfectly-flighted nook.
A fairly incident-free second half adopted as Lewandowski’s struggles in entrance of purpose continued for essentially the most half.
The Pole, who criticized La Liga officiating in an interview on Saturday with a preferred outlet from his homeland, was booked within the first 45 and needed to be on his finest behaviour for the remainder of the match.
Approaching instead, Chimy Avila seemed to steal headlines together with his gorgeous equalizer.
How poor Barca have been defensively was summed up in the best way the ball was allowed to roll to the Argentine unchallenged, and he himself encountered few difficulties getting himself right into a place to drill previous Ter Stegen into his backside proper nook.
Lower than 5 minutes later, Lewandowski did properly to win a penalty. Simply as he was lining as much as take the spot kick, nevertheless, a VAR evaluate adopted with Barca and their followers maybe forgiven for considering that the choice is perhaps overturned.
As a substitute, Alejandro Caetana’s yellow card was become a pink and the unique resolution stood. Lastly Lewandowski was allowed to grow to be the hero of the evening, and transformed cooly to make it two targets in his final two outings.
The 35-year-old has a option to go to catch as much as Actual Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, on 5 targets, and put himself in line to reclaim the Pichici award for Spain’s prime scorer.
However he at the least helped minimize the lead Los Blancos have over the Catalans on the prime of the desk from 5 factors to 2 in Barca’s final match earlier than the worldwide break.
On September 16, the Blaugrana play their first dwelling sport in a month after they host Actual Betis on the Montjuic in La Liga.
A number of days later, their Champions League debut in opposition to Royal Antwerp follows on the identical floor.