Barcelona centre-forward Robert Lewandowski drew closer to winning the La Liga top scorer award with his consolation strike in their 2-1 loss to Real Sociedad today.
The Basque club came into the game with greater motivation against a Barca team that had already secured the league title.
Mikel Merino gave Sociedad the lead in the fifth minute, turning in a cross from Alexander Sorloth.
The Norwegian striker had a remarkable game and doubled the lead in the second half. He took a pass from Barca target Martin Zubimendi before slotting beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
However, Barca scored late on to give Sociedad a nervy ending at Spotify Camp Nou.
Lewandowski rose highest to head in a cross from Ferran Torres. The goal took his tally to 22, and he is in the lead for the Pichichi award.
The Pole leads Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema by five goals. Los Blancos take on Valencia tomorrow.
Lewandowski could break Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most goals (26) in a debut La Liga campaign.
Despite Barca lifting the title today, there are three games remaining – enough for the 34-year-old to break the record.
Interestingly, it has not been Lewandowski’s most clinical season. He has missed 26 big chances but still contributed massively towards Barca’s 27th La Liga title.
However, Barca’s defence will believe they have contributed just as much. They have only conceded 15 goals in La Liga this season.
The record is Atletico Madrid when they conceded only 18 goals in the 2015/2016 season. If the Catalans can keep things tight, they can break the record.
Barcelona’s last three games are against Real Valladolid, Real Mallorca and Celta Vigo.
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