Lewandowski’s Hat-trick Powers Barcelona to Victory over 10-man Valencia in a 4-2 Thriller

Robert Lewandowski, the Barcelona forward, netted three goals after the break to secure a gritty 4-2 victory against Valencia. Despite trailing 2-1, Valencia were down to 10 men before halftime.

21 minutes into the match, Fermin Lopez scored off a Raphinha cross. However, Valencia quickly responded with Hugo Duro’s goal in the 27th minute and a penalty by Pepelu after Ronald Araujo’s foul to take the lead.

Valencia’s goalie, Giorgi Mamardashvili, received a red card for a handball outside the box just before halftime, leading to Barcelona’s dominance. Lewandowski scored two headers from corners in the 49th and 82nd minute. He completed his hat-trick with a free kick in injury time.

With this victory, Real Madrid’s LaLiga title celebrations have been put on hold as they stand at the top of the table with 84 points. Barcelona climbed to second place with 73 points, surpassing Girona, who now hold the third spot with 71 points. The two sides will face off in a Catalonia derby on Saturday.

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Barcelona has now allowed two goals in the first half of a home game for the second time this season, previously against Girona in December 2023. Despite this, Lewandowski’s 16 league goals have earned La Blaugrana 17 points this season, proving to be crucial.

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