Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski came in for some harsh treatment during the team’s La Liga clash against strugglers Elche at the Camp Nou on Saturday, August 17.
The visitors are known for their physical approach and demonstrated it with a wild piece of play on the Poland international that resulted in a red card after just 14 minutes of the match.
Frenkie de Jong had sent Lewandowski running clear through on goal with a clever pass from midfield. Elche defender Gonzalo Verdu desperately tried to halt Lewandowski and ended up resorting to a desperate rugby tackle to stop the 34-year-old.
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Verdu’s challenge brought Lewandowski down but also resulted in an early dismissal for the 33-year-old, leaving Elche to play the rest of the game with just 10 men.
Lewandowski poured more misery on Elche 10 minutes before half-time when he opened the scoring from close range after a good cross in from the left by defender Alejandro Balde.