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  • Date: Saturday, 29 Oct
  • Competition: ???label.competicio0???
  • Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona


  • FC Barcelona: 5
  • RCD Mallorca: 0

Match report

Match Report


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)

Messi destroys Mallorca (5-0)

Jordi Clos

Leo Messi destroyed Mallorca with a first half hat trick to set up a comfortable win, rounded off after the break with two cracking goals from Cuenca and Alves.

It really doesn’t pay to question Leo Messi and tonight he put paid to any doubts that had been voiced following his three games without a goal when he scored three within the first 30 minutes to ensure Barça took the points.

The team went out for the win right from the start and Messi revelled in their attacking intent. Barça welcomed back Puyol and Piqué, as well as giving Gerard Deulofeu his debut and Cuenca and Alves rounded off the win with goals at the start and the end of the second half.

Attacking intent

Barça again lined up with a 3-4-3 formation, featuring a deep lying Messi, David Villa and out wide Isaac Cuenca as their front three. Mallorca nearly took advantage of the high risk strategy on 6 minutes when Joao Víctor fluffed a great chance after a cross from Castro, but Messi calmed the home side’s nerves with a 13th minute penalty after Nsue had handled in the box.

Hat trick hero

Xavi and Iniesta were both given the night off, but Barça were soon dominating and on the quarter of an hour David Villa nearly doubled the lead when he was one on one with the Mallorca keeper. The second goal wasn’t long in coming though as Cuenca broke down the right to cross for Adriano, whose mishit shot fell to Messi to fire home.

The world number one got his hat trick on 30 minutes when he latched onto a perfect long range pass from Alves to fire home and put the game definitively beyond Mallorca’s reach. The visitors then defended desperately as the half drew to a close, as they fought to avoid a thrashing.

Reward for Cuenca

Guardiola brought Piqué on after the break to switch to a four man defence and soon after Puyol also came on. On 49 minutes, Isaac Cuenca scored his first goal with the first team, rounding the keeper and slotting home like a veteran.

Deulofeu debut and a great goal from Alves

With the result wrapped up, the pace dropped and the centre of attention switched to the debutant Gerard Deulofeu, who showed plenty of spirit out on the left wing. Messi kept plugging away, but it was Dani Alves with a thunderbolt who made it five in injury time.


The goals will come

Roger Bogunyà

Mallorca’s visit to the Camp Nou (20.00, GolT, Canal + Liga and R@dio Barça) will hopefully be the time that Barça recover the goalscoring form that has been lacking of late. Puyol and Piqué are both back in the squad.

56 shots in three games, 19 on target against Viktoria (18 shots, 5 on target), Sevilla (21 shots, 7 on target) and Granada (17 shots, 7 on target) have only resulted in three goals for FC Barcelona. That’s the only thing that’s been wrong with the team in recent games – they are creating chances but not converting them. Against Mallorca, with the Camp Nou behind them, they have the perfect opportunity to set that record straight. The goals will come today, that’s for sure.

Piqué and Puyol ready

2011-10-15_PARTIDO_06.JPGThe team has been better than ever in defence, and Victor Valdés has made seven straight clean sheets. Not since Pablo found the net at Mestalla have FCB conceded a goal, and with Piqué and Puyol both declared fit on Friday, the back line should be even stronger. Oddly enough, Mascherano is the player that has played the most minutes this season in the centre of the Barcelona defence, where the Argentinian has been doing an excellent job in an unfamiliar position.

First without Pedro

But it’s not all good news. The Mallorca game will be the first in which Guardiola will have to find a solution for the missing Pedro Rodríguez, who got injured midweek at Granada. The Canary Islander has played every game so far this season. Both Afellay and Alexis are sidelined too, so young Isaac Cuenca, a similarly attack-minded player, has been training with the first team for the last few days. But with 19 players to choose from, one of those will have to be dropped from the squad on Saturday evening.

No away wins

Joaquín Caparrós, the new manager at Mallorca, is bringing 18 players for the game at the Camp Nou. The Balearic Islanders have yet to record win on the road this season, but have managed to pick up a couple of draws. They’re currently lying in thirteenth place, but just two points ahead of the relegation zone.

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