Barcelona trump Elche to open 15-point lead

Barcelona celebrate scoring against Elche

Barcelona trump Elche to open 15-point lead

Faruq Ibrahim 22:01 - 01.04.2023
Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres were on the scoresheet as Barcelona brush aside the challenge of Elche.

It was only a matter of how many goals Barcelona would score against Elche, who is currently last in the standings, and they went on a predicted rampage, defeating their lacklustre opponents 4-0. 

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With only one win so far this season, Los Franjiverdes hosted the league leaders with a new manager in the dugout. They hoped to cause an upset, but Barcelona proved to be too much for them, beating them soundly.  

How it happened

Elche, buoyed by a new manager, surprisingly started the better side, but Barcelona soon played their way into the game. 

The Blaugrana took the lead in the 20th minute of the game from a set piece routine, with Ronald Araujo knocking the ball down to the path of Lewandowski, who turned the ball into the net.  

They pushed for a second, but the first-half ended 1-0. Elche started to push for an equaliser leaving more space behind, and Barcelona soon capitalised.  

Ansu Fati made it two in the 56th minute after a counterattack put Barcelona in a two on two situation. The youngster ignored the run of Lewandowski and took the ball down his own path before picking a spot in the bottom left corner.

The floodgates were open, and it became three less than ten minutes later, with Lewandowski grabbing his brace in the day.

It was the day for fringe players, and Ferran Torres made it four for Barca with another counterattack. He cut onto his left foot from a central area in the box before finishing with his left foot into the corner.  

The game ended 4-0, but Elche had late chances. However, Ter Stegen ensured to keep his 20th clean sheet of the season. 

Barcelona now temporarily go 15 points clear at the top of the table before Real Madrid play tommorow.

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