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Five key stats from Real Sociedad 1-4 Barcelona

After a disappointing draw against Rayo Vallecano on the opening day of the season, Barcelona returned to winning ways on Sunday night as they defeated Real Sociedad 1-4 away from home at the Reale Arena.

Robert Lewandowski got the Catalans up and running in the first minute, but Alexander Isak equalised for the hosts five minutes later. But a flurry of goals in the second half ensured that the Blaugrana walked away with a win.

Ousmane Dembele struck in the 66th minute to make it 2-1 before Lewandowski got his second of the night two minutes later. Ansu Fati, who assisted the second and third goals, added a fourth in the 78th minute to secure an emphatic victory for Barça.

The win meant that Barcelona continued their unbeaten streak away from home in La Liga. The Blaugrana are now undefeated in 16 games in a row, seven shy of equalling the all-time record, held by Pep Guardiola’s Barça.

Dembele’s goal on the night against Real Sociedad took his goal involvement tally for Barcelona up to 66. Interestingly, the Frenchman has scored and assisted 33 goals each with his right foot (G15, A18) and left foot (G18, A15).

Lewandowski’s strike in the 46th second of the game is Barcelona’s earliest goal in La Liga since Andres Iniesta vs Recreativo in 2009 (43).

It is also the earliest away goal in the competition since Javier Saviola vs Real Valladolid in 2004 (30), while also being the earliest of the striker’s 313 goals in Bundesliga and La Liga combined.

The first-minute strike from Lewandowski also meant that he became the fourth player ever to score in every minute of a match, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.

Ansu Fati was the game-changer for Barcelona on the night, as he turned the contest on its head after being subbed on.

Having come on in the 63rd minute, he assisted Dembele’s goal to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute, then set Lewandowski up for the third in the 68th minute, before adding the fourth himself in the 78th minute. Devastating impact In 15 minutes.

 

 

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