FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Mallorca
Barcelona were frustrated as they dominated the visitors for almost the entire match, taking the lead through Lionel Messi but just before half-time Emilio Nsue grabbed an equaliser for Mallorca against the run of play. Barça tried to find the winner but had to settle for a point in the end.
Laudrup, alternating his side from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1, was without left-backs Corrales and Ayoze whilst Nunes and Víctor Casadesús also missed out through injury. The game saw a debut for Joao Victor, but the biggest surprise was perhaps the inclusion of young central defender Martí Crespí over Rubén who was only included on the bench.
Barcelona imposed themselves from the very beginning of the match as Pedro, Bojan and Gerard Pique all had chances early on in the first half. So dominant were the home side that Mallorca were lucky to even get the ball out of their own half, something typified by the fact that Barça had 90% possession in the first fifteen minutes.
Even though La Blaugrana were creating chances none were clear cut until Leo Messi gave them the lead after twenty minutes, Dani Alves came surging forward on the right before giving the ball to Pedro who flicked the ball through two defenders to Messi to strike. The goalscorer then had a penalty shout turned down and Pique headed just over from a corner as Barça continued to exert enormous pressure on Los Bermellones goal.
It wasn’t until just before the break that Victor Valdes had to make a save as Fernando Cavenaghi created a good chance for Gonzalo Castro. But this proved to be only a warning as Mallorca equalised a minute later from Emilio Nsue who headed in from a corner completely against the run of play.
The second half started much like the first with the home team dominating possession and territory, but were unable to find that killer pass to unlock the Mallorca defence. Messi was once more tormenting Mallorca in tandem with Dani Alves whose marauding runs were causing havoc. But as the half wore on the visitors were beginning to apply some pressure to the Barcelona goal.
Pierre Webó went close when he found Valdes off his line but the keeper managed to scamper back and put the ball out for a corner, from which Nsue went close with a header.
With some more slick passing football Barça created a great chance for Bojan but the youngster hit the post after being put clean through on goal.
The result sees Barcelona remain in third place two points behind Villarreal and three behind leaders Valencia, but they could slip to fourth if Real Madrid win tonight, while Mallorca move ahead of Athletic Bilbao into ninth place.
original article by Goal.com, amendments by realmallorca.co.uk
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Abidial, Milito (Jeffren 89); Mascherano, Iniesta, Keita (Thiago 66); Pedro (Agudo 77), Bojan, Messi.
Substitutes: Pinto (gk); Puyol, Maxwell; Sergio Busquets, Agudo, Thiago; Jeffren.
Goal: Messi 20.
Real Mallorca (4-2-3-1): Aouate; Ratinho, Ramís, Martí Crespí, Kevin; Martí, Joao Victor; Nsue, de Guzmán, Castro (Pereira 70); Cavenaghi (Webó 45).
Substitutes: Lux (gk); Rubén, Cendrós; Pereira, Tejera; Webó, Sergi Enrich.
Goal: Nsue 43.
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