In the 4-2 victory over Espanyol, goals from Lewandowski, Balde, and Kounde secured Barcelona’s victory and the title as Spanish league champions.
With four matches to go, Barça have proactively won it, leading rivals Real Madrid with 14 points.
Barça needed only one win from their last five games to numerically secure the Liga title; and they’ve done it well.
Since Barça had built up such a significant advantage in La Liga, it was only a matter of time before they would win the championship. There was no real expectation that Real Madrid or Atlético would narrow such a significant point gap.
However, Barça staff, players, and fans have all maintained their cool throughout. By waiting for this moment, they’ve been keeping everything inside….
The moment is here, and Barcelona have victoriously done it as the La Liga champions 2022/23!!!
Barcelona put on a magnificent performance in this decider against Espanyol at the home of a neighbor who is now closer than ever to second division football next season.
Alejandro Balde was in control of the game from the start. Despite the fact that Robert Lewandowski scored the opening goal after 11 minutes, the 19-year-old’s run in the buildup was the only thing that mattered. Óscar Gil was left flopping as the blaugrana diva dashed down the left and all the Clean striker needed to do was thump it home.
After ten minutes, the same Balde would praise his very first league goal. Pedri tumbled the ball over from the right, and the man existing apart from everything else loosened up an enlivened foot to get in Barça’s second.
In this game, Espanyol, which was fighting for its stay in the Liga table, was also in a precarious position. They were being overpowered in every department. As Barça chance came after Barça chance, they were fortunate to escape further punishment before they finally did on 40 minutes.
Raphinha was the brains, and for the second time, all Lewandowski needed to do was be there perfectly located brilliantly to see the ball across the line, something he has done 21 times throughout the season.
The number of empty seats around the RCDE Stadium following the restart indicates that the game already appeared to be more than won. The home supporters had had enough. In any case, Barça hadn’t. A stunning ball drifted forward by Frenkie de Jong and Jules Kounde’s head gently flicked it to the perfect balance.
Even though Espanyol was fighting a losing battle, they were desperate not to let their city rivals celebrate the title on their own turf. All credit must go to them for continuing to fight.
Just before the break, they had a fantastic chance to get one goal back. Martin Braithwaite had absolutely no worries at all to improve, however Ter Stegen created an a defense to keep that one out. The German would make a few exceptional recoveries in the second half.
With the game thoroughly open as Barça squeezed for more goals and Espanyol squeezed for at any rate some honor, Javi Puado had Ter Stegen beaten. Also, with the extremely last kick of the game, Joselu rammed in another.
They were just Barça’s 12th and 13th goals of the season. Three of those have been scored by Espanyol.
However, Espanyol’s effort to crap the Barça party was to no end. The main story of the day had nothing to do with it at all.
The minute that really mattered was being counted down all that time by the clock. Bizarrely mixed in with the moment Espanyol got their second goal, the title celebrations could begin.
Fireworks were already lighting up the skies throughout Catalonia.
Barça are league champions!!