El Clasico: Robert Lewandowski makes FC Barcelona debut against Real Madrid
- The striker made his debut against Real Madrid in Vegas
- He played for 46 minutes before he was substituted
- Lewandowski registered four shots on target against Real Madrid
The Polish striker, who recently joined the Blaugrana from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, was named in Barcelona’s starting lineup against Real Madrid at the Allegiant Stadium. The 33-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers of his generation, managed 46 minutes of gametime in his debut before he was substituted by manager Xavi.
The Polish forward also reunited with former teammate David Alaba, albeit playing for the opponents, Real Madrid, in the match. Lewandowski and Alaba had a lengthy association in the past, as both players were part of a successful Bayern Munich team that won the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Lewandowski, who joined FC Barcelona on a €45 million fee in this transfer window, looked alive as he came close to scoring his maiden goal for the Spanish side on a few occasions. However, the Real Madrid defence was quick to react as they denied Lewandowski to score against them.
In the 11th minute, the Polish forward made a run in the right side before finding himself inside the opposition box. Lewandowski went on to challenge Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois, who made the save to deny him. The 33-year-old registered four shots on target during the game, however, could not convert the chances.
FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez, who had termed the signing of Lewandowski ‘unbelievable’, looked visibly pleased with the striker.
"Today, he controlled the ball and when Madrid pressed high, he understood really well,” Xavi said after the game.
“It was his moment to control and play for the attacking midfielders or for the defensive midfielder," the tactician said.
"He went deep many times, so we are talking about a top player in the world," he further continued.