Liga – Ousmane Dembelé delights Barça who crushes Athletic Bilbao

FC Barcelona is still far from having said its last in the race for the title of this Liga 2022-2023. Defeated by Real Madrid last weekend in the Clasico, Barca woke up this week with two wins from two home games and not the least but conceded.

Sunday night at Camp Nou, Xavi Hernandez’s men quietly beat Athletic Club (4-0). Thanks to an exemplary first half, the Catalans came back to within three points of Real Madrid and confirmed their status as outsiders. Author of one but and three assists, Ousmane Dembélé was the big man of the Barcelona evening.

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Dembele shone again

It’s starting to become a habit for the socios of Barça: with Dembélé, it’s all or nothing. Uncomfortable in the Clasico last week, El Mosquito stung four times in this clash against Athletic Club quickly undermined by the flashes of the French international.

First to put Unai Simon on the parade, Dembélé opened the scoring in the continuity of the action thanks to a magnificent header crossed on a cross from Robert Lewandowski (1-0, 12th). Launched in his match, the number 7 orbited Sergi Roberto to allow the right side of Barça to double the lead with a deflected shot (2-0, 18th).

Caught in the infernal spiral, the Basques cracked a third time on a magical movement from Lewandowski, served beforehand by… Dembélé (3-0, 22nd). Thanks to the twelfth but of the Pole in eleven games, Barça quickly put an end to the suspense in this part. Only shadows on the board for Barça in this match: the two injuries of Gavi and Sergi Roberto.

Author of its ninth clean sheet in eleven days, Barça consolidated its status as the best European defense and also offered itself a fourth but in the second period, the work of Ferran Torres after a pass from the insatiable Dembélé (4- 0.73rd). This is enough to prepare for the best reception of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, hoping to keep its chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of C1 by then and to attend a new recital by Dembélé.

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