Robert Lewandowski's second goal for Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou tonight helped the German giants finally exact revenge on Barcelona, six years after Lionel Messi had scored a similar, humiliating goal.
After winning the ball high up the pitch, the visitors moved swiftly into the home side's penalty area, with Lewandowksi in the perfect position to tuck the ball home. However, instead of rushing his finish, the 32 year old danced effortlessly around defender Gerard Piqué to wrap up a comprehensive start to the new Champions League campaign.
Lewandowski just got Revenge on Pique for what Messi did to Boateng!!- Laba Laba Master (@Buchi_Laba) September 14, 2021
- Revenge served better and sweeter!!
The goal was reminiscent of Lionel Messi's dazzling strike in 2015, in which the Argentinian floored centre back Jerôme Boateng with some magnificent footwork and trickery.
Whether Piqué will face the same ridicule as Boateng has remains to be seen. The latter, who now plays for Lyon, commented for the first time on the episode a year ago, tweeting 'Honestly I would love to see each one of you defending against Messi' with two laughing emojis.
Lewandowski's strike concluded an awful, embarrassing evening for Ronald Koeman's men. In addition to their poor, pitiful performance, the game was characterised by empty seats across the stadium and the mass exodus of supporters in the last ten minutes or so.
"Wow," Spanish journalist Guillem Balague tweeted. "Fans stood up to clap and cheer a good pressure high and recovering the ball. That's what they want. Attitude. They have enough with that for now.
They know there is not much more."
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich and Lewandowski continue their solid start to the new campaign.
The Polish striker has enjoyed an exceptional few days. Not only was he rated as the second best player on the planet in FIFA 22, his brace tonight means he has now scored in eighteen consecutive competitive matches, meaning he is currently the most prolific centre forward on the planet.
Lewandowski and co will hope to build on the momentum of this fantastic win in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with VfL Bochum. Meanwhile, the Catalan club have a chance to improve their fortunes on home soil as they welcome lowly Granada on Monday night.
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