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Robert Lewandowski scored his first and second competitive goals for Barcelona on his 34th birthday, with the Catalan club winning at Real Sociedad and recording its first Liga victory of the season. The Polish forward opened the account at Barcelona Sunday, scoring his club’s first and third goals in the 4-1 win over Real Sociedad. Polish forward Lewandowski netted the opening goal of the match. The forward failed to register a goal on his debut, with Barcelona drawing the game 0-0.

Robert Lewandowski, the EUR 45m signing from Bayern Munich, opened the scoring just 49 seconds later, curling a shot into the net following some fine work by Pedro and Alejandro Balde for an opening score. Dembele’s goal started Barcelona’s stunning final 25 minutes, with Robert Lewandowski adding a second a few minutes later, the Polish forward then producing a superbly-improvised assist to set up Ansu Fati for a goal. Ansu Fati assisted Ousmane Dembele to put Real Sociedad ahead before linking up with Robert Lewandowski for the striker’s second before the favour was returned for Fati to score Barcelona’s fourth goal.

Barcelona looked disconnected in many areas, showing critical deficiencies that Real Sociedad exploited, responding only minutes later through Alexander Isak to equalise. After drawing their La Liga opener at 0-0, Barcelona looked for a breakthrough when they travelled to face Real Sociedad. Barcelona’s first victory of the season came following a disappointing scoreless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano at the opening weekend. The win gave Barcelona four points from the opening two matches, marking a marked improvement in the La Liga table. The result leaves Barcelona without defeat in 13 games against Real Sociedad in the league, recording two draws and 11 wins.

Catching Madrid will be difficult, but with multiple performances, such as a strict performance in the second half, they will be confident that they can do so. Real Sociedad dominated Barcelona for one hour, recovering swiftly from conceding in the opening minutes to level and having the best chance to win at the break. Real Sociedad were left to rue several missed opportunities in the first half, with Takefusa Kubo and David Silva having significant events they should have scored.

Pundits will continue to cross their fingers to see whether Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski can repeat his goalscoring exploits in the difficult league that is La Liga. For FC Barcelona, it is clear that Lewy would provide the missing clinical component in the final third and help revive their competitive chances in La Liga against teams such as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and others.