Robert Lewandowski: Barca Striker Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record Against Atletico Madrid

Robert Lewandowski: Barca Striker Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record Against Atletico Madrid

Elijah Odetokun
March 18, 2024 at 8:16 AM
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  • Robert Lewandowski was the star for Barcelona's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid
  • The Polish striker scored one goal and assisted two at the Wanda Metropolitano
  • He equals a La Liga record held by former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo

Robert Lewandowski was involved in every goal Barcelona scored in their 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, netting one and assisting two to equal a previous record.

Xavi Hernandez continued his impressive run against Atletico, winning his fifth La Liga match as Barca manager in as many games against Diego Simeone.

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates with Fermin Lopez after the youngster scored Barcelona's third goal against Atletico Madrid. Photo by Diego Souto.
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Loanee João Felix opened the scoring against his parent club from a pass from the Polish striker, and unlike the first leg, the Portuguese was respectful and didn't celebrate.

Lewandowski added the second at the start of the second half, with his manager missing on the touchline after he was sent off before the break. Youngster Fermin Lopez scored the third, a header from the striker's cross.

Lewandowski matches Ronaldo's record

Per Opa Jose, Lewy became the sixth player in the 21st century to contribute to three goals away against Los Rojiblancos, the first since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016.

The former Real Madrid star scored a hat-trick in the Madrid derby while their opponents were at their former stadium, Vincente Calderon, making the Barca forward the first to achieve the feat at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Per Mundo Deportivo, the former Bayern Munich forward admitted it was his best game for La Blaugrana since he joined the club in 2022, and his manager agrees with him.

The current La Liga champions ended ATM’s 25 games unbeaten run at home in the league, similar to how they ended a 13-game winning run at the same ground last year.

Up next for the Catalan club is a home game against relegation-threatened Las Palmas after the international break.

Xavi called out Lewandowski

Sports Brief previously reported on Xavi calling out Lewandowski during the forward’s dip in form weeks ago, which saw him cost the team games with chances missed.

The former captain admitted the striker needed to be more sharp, and despite three goals in four games before the game against Villarreal, he could have had more and helped the team.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.