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Mallorca was defeated 2-1 by Barcelona in La Liga

Barcelona secures a 2-1 win over Mallorca. The first half was a cagey affair, even if the hosts dominated possession.

Mallorca actually had a glorious chance to take the lead, only for Nino to smash his opportunity wide following Olivan’s drilled cross.

However, the hosts eventually took the lead when Depay finished Alba’s through-ball superbly.

Barcelona was much improved in the second period and doubled their lead through Busquet’s smart strike.

Depay had plenty of chances to finish the game off, but they allowed Mallorca back into the game when Raillo steered in Sevilla’s free-kick.

The visitors fought hard to try and find an equaliser, but Barcelona held on to end their run of poor form at home.

Starting lineup:

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pablo Gaviria; Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Memphis Depay.

SUBS: Clement Lenglet, Adama Traore, Samuel Umtiti, Neto, Riqui Puig, Luuk de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia, Arnau Tenas.

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MALLORCA (3-4-1-2): Sergio Rico; Franco Russo, Martin Valjent, Antonio Raillo; Pablo Maffeo, Antonio Sanchez, Rodrigo Battaglia, Brian Olivan; Dani Rodriguez; Angel Rodriguez, Fernando Nino.

SUBS: Salva Sevilla, Javi Llabres, Giovanni Gonzalez, Leo Roman, Takefusa Kubo, Marcos Fernandez, Clement Grenier, Manolo Reina, Iddrisu Baba, Lee Kang-In, Matthew Hoppe, Abdon Prats.

Goals:

DEPAY! 1-0. Barcelona takes the lead. Alba picks out the run of Depay with a curling pass over the top and the attacker takes a touch before drilling it on the bounce and into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

And Busquets makes it 2-0! Barcelona opens up space with a sweeping move that ends with Torres drilling a 15-yard strike against Valjent. The rebound falls to Busquets on the edge of the box and the midfielder places it into the bottom corner with a precise left-footed strike.

RAILLO! 2-1. Mallorca pulls one back. Sevilla sends in a superb deep free-kick and Raillo slides in to steer a superb volley into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

So, what’s next?

The result means Barcelona climb back up to second, while Mallorca remains in 16th.

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