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LaLiga: Lewandowski double secures Barca victory as Celta Vigo rue controversial penalty

Barcelona snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo thanks to a controversial late penalty converted by Robert Lewandowski. This win marks the Blaugrana’s first La Liga double over Los Celestes since the 2013/14 season.

The game started with fireworks as both sides traded dangerous chances. Lamine Yamal and Jørgen Strand Larsen threatened for Celta, while Barça had their own near misses through Pedri and Frenkie de Jong.

Barça gradually took control, dominating possession and peppering the Celta goal. Their persistence paid off just before halftime when Yamal set up Lewandowski for a delightful finish, marking the Polish striker’s third goal in three games.

However, Celta Vigo hit back early in the second half. An Iago Aspas shot took a fortunate deflection off Jules Koundé, leaving Marc-André ter Stegen stranded and restoring parity. The momentum shifted slightly, with Celta Vigo looking dangerous on the counter.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, late drama unfolded. A controversial penalty was awarded to Barça after Óscar Mingueza’s touch found Iago Aspas, whose shot struck Beltrán’s hand. After Guaita initially saved Lewandowski’s penalty, but was deemed to have come off his line too early, the Polish striker made no mistake with his second attempt, sending Celta Vigo hearts sinking.

This hard-fought victory extends Barcelona’s winning streak away from home in La Liga to four matches. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo slump continues, with four defeats in their last five games across all competitions. They now sit precariously just three points above the relegation zone and face crucial clashes against Cádiz and UD Almería.

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