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Barça had to suffer, but could not extract more than a point from their visit to Mallorca. Javier Aguirre's team came to advance up to two times on the scoreboard, through Vedat Muriqi and Abdón Prats, against a Barça team drowned in attack by its defensive framework but that, even so, managed to get a point thanks to two isolated blows from Raphinha, in the final moments of the first half, and a young Fermín López whom Xavi takes into account with a view to both the present and the future. [Narration and statistics (2-2)]
Mallorca came as a ring to the finger that Ter Stegen, usually a safe in the game with his feet, was not fine in a seemingly innocuous ball displacement that Muriqi, to the second after a rejection of Ronald Araujo collected by Antonio Sánchez, was responsible for converting in the 1-0 before 10 minutes were completed. The Blaugrana, gripped by the fact of being unexpectedly soon behind, were excessively hasty and anxious when looking for the rival goal. Those of Aguirre, while, terribly physical, on the other hand, took advantage of every approach to put fear in the body.
Raphinha, the great argument of Barça's attack throughout the first 45 minutes, however, was able to find a fair reward for his effort with a left-footed shot from the front that would become the momentary 1-1 in the twilight of the first half. With the equalizer, the Barça promised them very happy.
Waiting for a revulsive
They even touched the 1-2 with a new action of the Brazilian and a braided play between Gündogan, Cancelo and Joao Felix that the local goal, Rajkovic, was responsible for disrupting. However, it would be Mallorca who would put land back in between, thanks to a perfectly combed local metal kick by Muriqi that Prats sent to the back of the net in the first half.
Ferran Torres, Lewandowski's reliever with many minutes in his legs, was not having his night. And the same, except for that final spark, can be said of a Joao Felix whom the locals tried to despair by pulling his most physical repertoire. After the break, of course, Barça needed a revulsive. Therefore, it is not strange that Xavi sent very soon the Pole and the young Lamine Yamal to warm up in the band.
At last a reference
Mallorca, meanwhile, opted to cede practically all the initiative to the Barça players and try to catch the final blow through the counterattack while remaining tremendously armed in the rear. With the entry of the former Bayern, the Barcelona attackers finally got a reference to feed balls, although neither, to tell the truth, they lavished too much on that task.
However, who had a brilliant entrance on the lawn was Yamal. As soon as he jumped onto the pitch as a replacement for a Joao Félix very well controlled by the local back, he caused Muñiz Ruiz to point out a penalty that finally went to limbo at the behest of the VAR. It would be another youngster, Fermín López, in charge of putting the 2-2 after a braided play between Lamine Yamal and Raphinha and a timely left of Lewandowski for the midfielder to score his first goal in First. With almost 15 minutes to go, Barça had time to look for something more. The scoreboard, in spite of everything, would not move again.
- RCD Mallorca
- FC Barcelona
- Xavi Hernandez
- Ter Stegen
- Ronald Araújo
- Joao Felix
- Robert Lewandowski