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Nou Camp celebrates Tito’s return with solid win against Mallorca

April 7th, 2013

FC Barcelona celebrated both Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal’s return to the Nou Camp on Saturday night with a spectacular 5-0 against Mallorca. The Barça coach has recently returned from New York where he was receiving treatment for cancer of the salivary duct, while Abidal came on in the second half for the first time since his liver transplant last year. 

With Messi out of action after the draw against Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday and with the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday some of the big guns were missing from the squad. However, Iniesta came on as captain while Cesc slotted in to replace Messi.

In fact by the half time whistle with Barça four goals ahead the match was all but over with two each from Cesc and Alexis. After the break Cesc scored his hattrick immediately to make it 5-0. While that was to be the last goal of the match, another highlight was when Eric Abidal came replace Gerard Pique in the 69th minute to huge cheers from the crowd.

1-0 Fábregas (min 19)
2-0 Alexis (min 21)
3-0 Fábregas (min 36)
4-0 Alexis (min 37)
5-0 Fábregas (min 45)


Barça beats Mallorca as Messi passes Pele

November 12th, 2012

Barcelona continued their record breaking streak of 10 wins in 11 league matches after beating Mallorca 4-2 last night, while Lionel Messi passed Pele’s 1958 tally of 75 goals in a calendar year with his 75th and 76th goals. The record stands at 85, by Gerd Mueller in 1972.

Barça dominated the first half, and by the half time whistle were three goals ahead thanks to Xavi, Messi and Tello. However, after the break Mallorca came on fighting with Pereira scoring the first for the home team in minute 54. Three minutes later Barcelona’s lead was cut to a single goal after a penalty was awarded to Mallorca for hand ball, with Victor putting the ball into the back of the net.

However, the Catalans reacted well and when Alves crossed to Alexis, who controlled the ball, Messi was able to finish and the match was back under control again.

0-1 Xavi (min 27)
0-2 Messi (min 43)
0-3 Tello (min 44)
1-3 Pereira (min 54)
2-3 Víctor (min 57)
2-4 Messi (min 69)


Barcelona Show Steel to Win in Mallorca

March 26th, 2012

Barcelona extended their excellent run with a resilient 2-0 away win at Real Mallorca on Saturday night. Messi scored in the first half with a deep free-kick that missed everybody and went in. Thiago saw red for a second yellow card after the break, but Barça held firm and Piqué scored a crucial winner with ten minutes left.

With a surplus of midfielders and dearth of defenders, it made sense for Guardiola to revert to his 3-4-3 for this game, with Mascherano, Piqué and Puyol lining up at the back. It’s a formation that has proved successful against La Liga’s weaker teams, but Mallorca demonstrated their quality at times in this encounter.

Breaking at speed, and attacking down the wings, the home team almost forced a number of openings in the first five minutes, as Barcelona took time to feel their way into the match. Still, it was Barcelona who had the first real chance – Iniesta fed Messi from the left touchline, and the forward’s attempted chip was saved somewhat fortuitously by the face of Aouate in the Mallorca goal.

Mallorca were still in the game though, and when Victor got to the byline down the right, his cross was met by a glancing near post header by Alvaro, which went narrowly wide.

Minutes later Barcelona were in front. Messi sent in a teasing free-kick from deep, which curled past everyone and bounced into the top left corner. There were two more half-chances before the break, both falling to Alexis. The first was for the edge of the area and deflected off a Mallorca defender before bouncing down and out off the cross-bar. The second was 20 yards and easily saved by the’ keeper.

In the second half the home team continued to pose a threat, and an already challenging afternoon for Barcelona was made more difficult when Thiago, booked earlier for a reckless tackle in the first half, saw a second yellow for a handball.

Guardiola reacted by bringing on Martín Montoya to form a back four, and his team saw out the match in impressive fashion. Mallorca tried to pusj forward for an equaliser but only saw occasional glimpses of goal – Hemed turned on the right side of the box, but his near post effort was easily saved by Valdés.

What was perhaps most impressive was the way Barcelona kept the ball and frustrated the home team. Iniesta was moved to the middle and was exceptional, drawing fouls, making space and finding teammates with remarkable consistency.

He earned a corner with a shot that deflected wide, and from the passage that followed, Barça got the crucial second goal. Piqué passed to Messi, and when the Argentine’s shot rebounded off the right hand post, Piqué was on hand to pass it home into the empty net. There was time for an attack by Mallorca, but Martín Montoya made a smart block to preserve the clean sheet.

0-1 Messi (min 25)
0-2 Pique (min 79)


Barcelona and Messi Answer Critics

October 31st, 2011

After a week in which doubts have been raised about their capacity to meet their usual lofty standards this campaign, FC Barcelona dismantled RCD Mallorca at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, running home easy 5-0 winners. And it was two players who have come in for a some criticism who shone – Lionel Messi claimed a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes, while all-rounder Adriano provided three assists. Youngster Isaac Cuenca scored a classy fourth, on just his second first-team appearance for the club, and Dani Alves smashed home a spectacular fifth goal from 25 yards.

Pep Guardiola raised a few eyebrows with his team selection here. Cesc Fàbregas, Iniesta and Xavi sat out, with the latter not even making the bench, as Pep sought to rest some of his key creative midfielders while giving youngsters like Thiago and Isaac Cuenca a chance to inject some youthful energy into a team that had been looking a little jaded in recent weeks. Barcelona also reverted to their controversial 3-4-3 formation.

It was Mallorca who unexpectedly fashioned the first chance of note in the match – left-back Pedro Bigas found lots of space down the left wing, and produced a tantalising cross that Joâo Victor somehow managed to skew wide. But from there on it was all Barcelona, who were clearly intent on making their mark against one of the Primera División’s strugglers.

The first goal came after Adriano, playing as an attacking left midfielder, nodded a deep cross back across goal, only for defender Nsue to intervene with his hand. Messi dispatched the resulting penalty into the top-right corner. The Argentine maestro then threaded a delightful ball through for Villa, but goalkeeper Dudu Aouate came out and blocked well.

Then Cuenca, looking very lively on just his second start for the first team, twisted and turned until he reached the byline. His cross was turned back into the danger area by Adriano, and Messi was in the right place to notch his second from five yards. On the half-hour mark Messi completed his 20-minute hat-trick with a cushioned volley from a fine, driven cross by Dani Alves.

Barcelona were back in the goals shortly after the restart. This time Adriano put Isaac Cuenca through, and the winger rounded Aouate before finishing left-footed into the top corner. Piqué had replaced Abidal at half time, and he was joined midway through the half by Carles Puyol. The final player to come off the bench was another hotly-tipped youngster, Gerard Deulofeu.

The pace slowed a little as the game entered the final half-hour, but Messi was determined to add to his tally, powering a free-kick that was well saved by Aouate and demonstrating his aerial ability, leaping to head to head just wide after a fabulous cross by Dani Alves. And it was the Brazilian defender who added the gloss to a dominant performance when his wonderful long-range effort crashed in off the crossbar in injury time.

1-0 Messi (p) (min 13)
2-0 Messi (min 21)
3-0 Messi (min 30)
4-0 Cuenca min 49)
5-0 Alves (min 91)


Weakened Barça squad dominates in Mallorca

February 28th, 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

Barça draws with Mallorca

October 4th, 2010

It’s looking to be a slow start to the season this year with a 1-1 draw against Mallorca last night meaning Barça has won just one home match in the league.

While that is hardly critical at this stage – league leaders Valencia are just three points ahead on 16 – Guardiola’s squad is a long way off what it was capable of last year and to add insult to injury, arch-rivals Real Madrid beat Deportivo 6-1!

With Xavi off due to injury and David Villa serving a one match suspension Pep Guardiola was forced to make some changes, but from the start it looked like the match could easily go the Catalans’ way. In the end though, Barcelona’s only goal was scored by Leo Messi, back to form after a short lay-off due to an ankle injury, set up by Alves and Pedro in a first half that was all Barça’s. However, despite opportunities they failed to capitalise on possession and toward the end of the first half Mallorca equalised.

Back after the break Barça were looking a little ragged and while they pressed on they failed to score. At the end of the match the team was looking tired, perhaps of a result of their Russian trip during the week. It’s still early days in the season and FC Barcelona’s fortunes can easily change in a couple of matches.

1-0, Messi (min 21)
1-1, Nsue (min 42)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Valencia
6
5
1
0
11
4
16
2
Villarreal
6
5
0
1
12
4
15
3
Real Madrid
6
4
2
0
12
2
14
4
Barcelona
6
4
1
1
10
5
13
5
Sevilla
6
3
2
1
10
6
11
6
Getafe
6
3
1
2
11
8
10
7
Atlético Madrid
6
3
1
2
10
7
10
8
Espanyol
6
3
0
3
5
9
9
9
Mallorca
6
2
2
2
5
6
8
10
Hércules
6
2
1
3
5
6
7
11
Athletic Bilbao
6
2
1
3
9
9
7
12
Real Sociedad
6
2
1
3
6
9
7
13
Málaga
6
2
1
3
12
12
7
14
Almería
6
1
3
2
5
5
6
15
Sporting Gijón
6
1
2
3
6
11
5
16
Osasuna
6
1
2
3
4
6
5
17
Levante
6
1
2
3
5
11
5
18
Racing Santander
6
1
1
4
3
8
4
19
Zaragoza
6
0
3
3
5
10
3
20
Deportivo
6
0
3
3
3
11
3

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Barcelona scrape victory against Mallorca

March 29th, 2010

FC barcelona retained their second place in the league with Real Madrid after a 1-0 win over Mallorca thanks to an Ibrahimovic goal in the 63rd minute on Saturday. Meanwhile Real Madrid played Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby, where they retained three more points, beating Atletico 3-2-

Barcelona face Arsenal on Wednesday in the away leg of the Champions League tie, and rested Messi ahead of this important match.

0-1 Ibrahimovic (min 63)


Barça remains top

November 9th, 2009

FC Barcelona remains one point ahead of Real Madrid after the weekend after both teams won their respective matches in La Liga.

Barça beat Mallorca 4-2 at the Nou Camp, with goals from Pedro (2), Henry and Messi; Nunes scored from a corner for the visitors in the 19th minute, while Keita knocked the ball into his own goal in injury time to put the visitors on 2 goals.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
10
8
2
0
28
7
26
2
Real Madrid
10
8
1
1
26
7
25
3
Sevilla
10
7
1
2
19
7
22
4
Valencia
10
6
3
1
19
8
21
5
Deportivo
10
6
1
3
14
11
19
6
Mallorca
10
5
2
3
18
13
17
7
Sporting Gijón
10
4
4
2
12
10
16
8
Athletic Bilbao
10
5
1
4
11
13
16
9
Espanyol
10
3
4
3
8
10
13
10
Osasuna
10
3
3
4
11
12
12
11
Almería
10
3
3
4
10
12
12
12
Getafe
10
4
0
6
12
16
12
13
Zaragoza
10
3
2
5
14
21
11
14
Valladolid
10
2
4
4
14
17
10
15
Tenerife
10
3
1
6
7
19
10
16
Villarreal
10
2
3
5
14
14
9
17
Racing Santander
10
1
4
5
10
19
7
18
Atlético Madrid
10
1
4
5
12
22
7
19
Xerez
10
1
3
6
3
16
6
20
Málaga
10
1
2
7
10
15
5

1-0, Pedro (min 11)
1-1, Nunes (min 19)
2-1, Pedro (min 40)
3-1, Henry (min 43)
4-1, Messi (min 87, pen)
4-2, Keita (min 92)


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