Robert Lewandowski denied by Ansu Fati

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Robert Lewandowski emerges out of the loss against Manchester United in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League play-offs second leg as the sole goalscorer for FC Barcelona.

Despite his singular goal scored courtesy of a penalty, there exists an argument to be made over the Polish striker possibly having had another goal to his name by the end of the regulated 90 minutes.

The moment in question was a brilliant cross by Ferran Torres that seemed destined to connect with the head of Robert Lewandowski, with the striker prowling in the United box. Yet, it was neither an opposition player nor the forward’s own inability to utilize that pinpoint cross, but rather the head of a teammate that would sway the ball away from the path of the Polish striker.

Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati, currently donning La Blaugrana’s fabled number 10 jersey, would be the one to try to force a header from a difficult position that would consequently amount to nothing more than a wasted opportunity that fans of the Catalans can only have wished had reached it’s better alternative just behind Fati in the form of Barcelona’s talismanic number 9.

The Pole was to be seen clearly distraught by the occasion, even apparently having “nudged” Ansu Fati with his elbow as per a report from SPORT, and would end up just like any other hot-blooded Blaugrana watching the proceedings unfold, frustrated.

The ex-Bayern Munich striker has thus far scored on an impressive 25 goals this season for the Catalan club, having also been their only goalscorer in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Despite the fact that Robert Lewandowski would undeniably be left feeling sour from that chance and the game itself, he remains a true professional, later motivating fans and possibly players alike through his social media platforms, sharing words of motivation and encouragement.

With the Europa League out of the way, the Catalans must now focus on ensuring success in both La Liga and the domestic cup, the Copa Del Ray, to maximize their success this season.

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