Weakened Barça squad dominates in Mallorca

February 28, 2011

Even when Barça isn’t playing at its best, the squad can still manage to pull out some spectacular results. On Saturday the team faced Mallorca, with Puyol, Xavi, Valdes and Jeffren injured and Dani Alves off because of suspension. While they found it difficult to get going at the start, once they really got into the game they made it count.

The first half was rather slow for the Catalans, who were struggling to make any serious impact against Mallorca. However, as their game came together both Messi and Adriano came close; and then in the 38th minute Messi headed the ball into the net to open the scoring.

After the break Barça seemed to have been rejuvenated and looking like they meant business. Possession was up and it looked to be only a matter of time before they scored again; that goal came eventually when Villa connected with the ball from Busquets. And minutes later Pedro ensured that all three points would be Barça’s with the third of the night.

Meanwhile Real Madrid dropped two points after a goalless draw against Deportivo, leaving FC Barcelona seven points ahead on 68.  This next week’s going to be a tough one though, with Valencia on Wednesday, Zaragoza on Saturday and Arsenal the following Tuesday – it’s make or break for Barça’s Champions League ambitions.

0-1, Messi (min 38)
0-2, Villa (min 57)
0-3, Pedro (min 66)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
25
22
2
1
76
13
68
2
Real Madrid
25
19
4
2
55
19
61
3
Valencia
25
15
6
4
40
26
51
4
Villarreal
25
14
5
6
44
26
47
5
Espanyol
25
13
1
11
34
36
40
6
Athletic Bilbao
25
12
2
11
39
36
38
7
Sevilla
25
10
5
10
38
40
35
8
Atlético Madrid
25
10
4
11
35
33
34
9
Real Sociedad
25
11
1
13
36
41
34
10
Getafe
25
9
5
11
35
38
32
11
Mallorca
25
9
4
12
25
34
31
12
Racing Santander
25
7
8
10
23
35
29
13
Levante
25
8
3
14
26
37
27
14
Deportivo
25
6
9
9
21
35
27
15
Hércules
25
7
5
13
24
38
26
16
Osasuna
25
6
7
12
26
32
25
17
Sporting Gijón
25
5
10
10
23
31
25
18
Zaragoza
25
5
9
11
22
37
24
19
Almería
24
4
9
11
24
40
21
20
Málaga
24
5
5
14
31
50
20

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