Lewandoski scored twice for Barcelona as he celebrated his birthday on the same day.
Lewandoski and Barcelona started their Laliga campaign with a goalless draw. Their 0-0 draw in their first La Liga this season started raising questions about how Xavi is using his newly signed players. Barcelona was looking for a turnaround as they traveled to San Sebastián to take on Real Sociedad.
Robert Lewandowski bagged the opener just 44 seconds into the match as the birthday boy looked to lead that rebound, but on the whole, it looked awkward through the first 45 minutes.
Barcelona appeared disjointed in a number of areas, displaying key deficiencies that Real Sociedad took advantage of and responded just minutes later via Alexander Isak to level the score.
After halftime, however, Real Sociedad misses and the deep Barcelona bench swung the match in favor of Xavi’s side. The Barcelona boss dipped into his deep bench and brought young Ansu Fati on, and the wide man made all the difference in the world, producing a pair of quickfire assists after just five minutes.
The eventual game-winner was grabbed by Ousmane Dembele just past the hour mark, while Fati provided Lewandowski’s second minutes later. Then, as the cherry on top, Lewandowski went from finisher to provider as he dinked a stunning back-heel assist to Fati for Barcelona’s fourth 11 minutes from time.
The win gives Barcelona a four-point haul from their first two matches and marks a significant improvement from the season opener. Real Sociedad were left to rue a host of missed opportunities in the first half as Takefusa Kubo and David Silva should have scored with big chances.