Luuk de Jong header gives Barcelona a win against Mallorca.
Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona (Luuk De jong 44′)
Luuk De Jong’s header at the 44th minute is all that’s necessary for Barcelona to take the three points, as the Blaugrana come away with a 1-0 victory against Mallorca.
Xavi’s side looked largely comfortable in possession, passing around the host’s press but often struggled when outside of the 18-yard box as a lack of clinical incision kept Barcelona from scoring more.
Mallorca simply did not do enough going forward to challenge Ter Stegen, with the goalkeeper forced into just three saves in a scrappy match that produced 47 fouls. The loss is the third time in a row Mallorca have been kept goalless at home and it keeps them in 15th. The win puts Barcelona up into fifth – just one point back of a Champions League place at the midway point.
Barcelona travelled to Mallorca with just 11 first-team players available, including two goalkeepers. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak among the Barca squad, coupled with injuries and suspensions, there were some notable absentees like Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. The New Signee Fernan Torres was not available.
Luuk De Jong Post Match Reaction:
“I feel delighted, really happy we won today, especially with my goal, which was important for the team. The most important thing is the win. It’s been a tough first half of the season and it’s a good step by winning this game today,”
Xavi Post Match Reaction:
“Luuk’s an exemplary professional. There’s talk about him leaving, but he works hard and sacrifices himself for the team, He’s an amazing professional. I am happy with him. Of course, I consider that he could stay, he was useful today. We will see in the future, everything is just a hypothesis for now.”
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