FC Barcelona celebrate their official season opening with a goal festival. Robert Lewandowski immediately took centre stage – and harmonised magnificently with a mega-talent.
It was a perfect start for Robert Lewandowski!
FC Barcelona played for their traditional Gamper Trophy at the opening of the season. The Polish superstar was in the starting eleven for the first time at Camp Nou against the Mexican club UNAM Pumas led by Dani Alves – and played a major role in the Catalans’ clear 6-0 (4-0) victory.
It only took three minutes for Lewandowski to score his first goal in a Catalan shirt. After a pass from the mega-talented Pedri, Barca’s new number nine rounded the opponent’s keeper, delayed for a moment and flicked the ball into the net from a very acute angle.
In the 5th minute, the striker made his dream debut at the Camp Nou perfect. This time Lewandowski laid on for Pedri, who scored the quick 2:0: “It’s a luxury to play with Lewandowski. I really enjoy seeing how he shoots and how he plays,” Pedri told Mundo Deportivo after the encounter.
“It’s very easy to get on with a footballer like him. It went well.” The Spanish press also sees the Pedri/Lewandowski combination as a new weapon that can lead Barca to old successes: “All the professionals stood out, especially the combination between Pedri and Robert Lewandowski promises good football, lots of goals, fun and titles,” according to Marca.
The Pole, who the sports magazine Mundo Deportivo has identified as the face of the new Barca project, was himself delighted to make his debut at Camp Nou for the Catalans: “I am very happy to have played my first game at Camp Nou and to have won the trophy,” he told the club’s internal media.
Lewandowski becomes Man of the Match
After the perfect opening minutes, Lewandowski and Pedri worked their magic once again. In the 19th minute, the Pole sensationally initiated the Spanish super talent’s second goal with his heel. It was already 4-0 for Barca after former Dortmund Ousmane Dembélé (10th) had contributed the third goal.
Lewandowski’s excellent first outing at the Camp Nou ended after just over an hour. Memphis Depay, who is thought to be on the verge of a club move, was substituted for the former Bayern star, who was even unlucky to hit the post with another promising finish.
By then it was 5-0 after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 49th-minute strike, which Lewandowski had set up with a perfectly timed through pass to Franck Kessié, and Frenkie de Jong’s 84th-minute finish.
After the match, Lewandowski was named Man of the Match – a well-deserved reward after scoring a goal and providing two assists. The 33-year-old goal-scorer was extremely eager to play and showed why he is likely to play a key role at Barca.