While you were asleep: Lewandowski grab late winner, Leeds beat Liverpool 2-1 and Brazil’s Flamengo win Copa Libertadores for 3rd time
Barcelona were on the verge of another setback when Robert Lewandowski stretched his right boot and found the winner.
The Polish striker’s stoppage time goal snatched a 1-0 victory at Valencia on Saturday, taking Barcelona to the top of the Spanish league standings on points with Real Madrid.
Lewandowski’s latest slot spared Xavi Hernández’s side more disappointment three days after they withdrew from the Champions League in the group stage for a second consecutive year.
Despite failing to find the net in defeats to Madrid and former club Bayern Munich, Lewandowski is enjoying excellent form in the Spanish league with a record 13 league goals in 12 rounds.
While Barcelona won in the last moments, for a second game in a row, Atlético Madrid was betrayed on the last touch of the ball.
STRONG POINTS: #ValenciaBarça 0-1
– English LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 30, 2022
Cádiz beat Atlético 3-2 after Rubén Sobrino struck a cross just before the final whistle to tip the competition in the hosts’ favour. The defeat jeopardized Atlético’s hold on third place.
Leeds beat Liverpool 2-1 to ease the pressure on Marsch
Leeds ended their four-game losing streak in the English Premier League by beating Liverpool 2-1 thanks to Crysencio Summerville’s 89th-minute goal at Anfield on Saturday, easing the pressure on manager Jesse Marsch.
As Leeds climbed out of the relegation zone after their first win since August, Liverpool remained stuck in mid-table and eight points off the top four in what is proving a difficult season for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds fought back after conceding a bizarre fourth-minute opener when goalkeeper Alisson Becker slipped as he tried to reach team-mate Joe Gomez’s overhand pass across the box. Leeds striker Rodrigo pounced and had the simplest task of tapping into an empty net.
The Brazilian Flamengo wins the Copa Libertadores for the 3rd time
Flamengo went unbeaten towards their third Copa Libertadores title after beating Athletico 1-0 in the all-Brazilian final on Saturday.
Gabriel Barbosa again starred in the final, scoring the only goal in a half-full Metropolitano Stadium in Ecuador.
Flamengo have also won in 1981 and 2019, the latter with two goals from Barbosa in the 2-1 final win over Argentine side River Plate.
Barbosa, seen as a slim chance to play for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar, also netted the Rio de Janeiro club’s only goal in last year’s final in the loss to rivals Brazil Palmeiras.
-With AP inputs