In a 2-0 victory over Cadiz on Sunday, Robert Lewandowski netted just his second LaLiga goal since October, giving FC Barcelona an eight-point advantage over Real Madrid, who are now the league’s champions.
The Cadiz team was defeated by two goals late in the first half after the 34-year-old added to Sergi Roberto’s opening strike.
The Camp Nou match had Cadiz holding their own for the most part, although Roger had two goals disallowed.
A further clean sheet brings FC Barcelona’s 17th LaLiga shutout of the year closer to the championship.
This was the third time they enjoyed such a run under the guidance of their former midfielder, and it was their seventh straight league triumph.
It also resulted in a double for the season.
In September, FC Barcelona defeated the team that is currently in a relegation battle and is only two points above the bottom three, winning 4-0.
When Santiago Arzamendia found Roger with a beautiful pass over the top in the 19th minute using the outside of his left boot, Cadiz believed they had achieved a breakthrough.
FC Barcelona was relieved when the striker finished well despite being offside.
Lewandowski didn’t even come close to scoring until the 41st minute due to poor input.
At that point, a cross from Ferran Torres appeared to be in perfect position for him to tip in at the far post. He struggled to establish a clear connection because of the pressure. Two minutes later, FC Barcelona scored with the help of the same pair.
Isaac Carcelen cleared Lewandowski’s stooping header from Torres’ clipped cross, but only as far as Sergi Roberto. From eight yards out, he smacked it back into the goal. In the final seconds of the first half, Lewandowski scored FC Barcelona’s second goal with a brilliant low shot from 16 yards, bringing his league total for the year to 15.
Early in the second half, the former Bayern Munich striker poked a shot against the top of the crossbar.
Following that, Roger of Cadiz had a goal disallowed after making a good finish from a corner, and teammate Fali was given a penalty for pushing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The tourists may have had cause to be irate, but Cadiz persisted.
Before Anthony Lozano’s header against the left post late in the game, Ter Stegen made some excellent saves from substitutes Fede San Emeterio and Chris Ramos.
Their night was not going to happen.