Xavi Hernández’s Barcelona defended the lead in LaLiga today, Tuesday, at the Mallorca field. For the match, Barcleona presented a formation in Son Moix against Mallorca with the addition of youth player Gavi to replace the Dutch Frenkie de Jong, injured last day against Celta, and center back Íñigo Martínez in the axis of the defense. Meanwhile, Abdón Prats from the Balearic Islands, Mallorca’s top scorer this season with 3 goals, is the big news in the team led by Mexican coach Javier Aguirre. He would later score the second goal.
One of the surprises of the vermilion eleven was the absence from the starting lineup of midfielder Sergi Darder, the big signing of the season, who will wait his turn on the bench. What was not expected is that Mallorca would be the first to score. That was a hard blow for Barcelona, from which it was difficult to recover. He tied, but Mallorca scored again. Fermín made the final 2-2. In the last play of the game, Javier Aguirre’s team had the third goal: he went out.
Thus, Barcelona tied its second LaLiga game yesterday and today Girona and Real Madrid could surpass it in the LaLiga standings. “The game has been stuck for us from the beginning,” said Oriol Romeu. «It is normal for teams to close behind and go on the counterattack and we give them too many facilities. We have to improve because we do not dominate in the rival field,” continued the Barcelona midfielder.
Mallorca was happy. “We were coming off a very ugly defeat away from home and we had to fix things,” Muriqi said after the match. «We have worked to take advantage of their defects in defense, which we knew they had. With the ball everyone knows what they are like, but we have taken advantage of their mistakes,” he continued. “I needed the goal, we forwards live on goals.”
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