BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona bounced back from their Clasico loss in style as they cruised to a 3-0 home LaLiga win over Villarreal with a brace from Robert Lewandowski on Thursday.
Barcelona remained second in the standings on 25 points, three behind Real Madrid and three clear of third-placed Real Sociedad.
Barcelona scored three times in seven first-half minutes starting with Lewandowski’s strike from inside the area in the 31st.
The Polish striker increased the lead four minutes later with a precise curling shot from the edge of the box to finish off a counter-attack after Pedri stole the ball from an opponent close to the centre circle.
Ansu Fati scored Barca’s third three minutes later, placing a close-range shot into the empty net from a low cross by Ferran Torres.
With the points secured, Barca took their foot off the gas after the break but comfortably held on to their lead.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas, editing by Ed Osmond)