Another Lewandowski brace in Barca win

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Robert Lewandowski has quickly shaken off his disappointing return to Bayern Munich by scoring twice to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 victory at home over 10-man Elche in Spain.

They were Lewandowski's seventh and eighth goals in a five-game scoring streak in La Liga and took his overall tally to 11 in eight games since he transferred to Barcelona from Germany this summer.

Lewandowski had missed some clear chances against the team he helped lead for eight seasons before coming to Camp Nou.

But he bounced back from the 2-0 defeat in style, helping Barca move to the top of the league standings by one point above Real Madrid before the defending champions play their derby at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Elche had defender Gonzalo Verdu sent off in the 15th minute for pulling Lewandowski down when the striker was in position to latch onto a pass that would have left him all alone in the area.

The Pole then opened the scoring in the 33rd when he tapped in a cross from 18-year-old left back Alejandro Balde.

Memphis Depay doubled the lead in the 41st before Lewandowski made it a double three minutes after halftime.

"I am constantly surprised by what an 18-year-old can do at this level," Xavi said of the excellent Balde.

"He is in great shape and gives us a lot."

Last-placed Elche are the only team yet to win in the league and lost coach Francisco Rodriguez when he was issued a red card, apparently for inappropriate language.

Elsewhere, Inaki Williams and younger brother Nico Williams, who was called up by Spain this week, both scored in Atheltic Bilbao's entertaining 3-2 win at home over a Rayo Vallecano.

Valencia rolled to a 3-0 win over 10-man Celta Vigo, despite a subdued debut of Edinson Cavani.

The veteran Uruguay striker, who joined Valencia last month, trained for the past three weeks to get into playing shape as he bids to make Uruguay's World Cup squad.

"I was excited to finally live this moment, to run on the field, to feel the atmosphere," Cavani, who was substituted in the 72nd minute, said.

"This is the first step."

Javier Aguirre's Mallorca climbed into the upper half of the table after edging Almeria 1-0 for their first home win.