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October 29, 2011
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
• Attendance: 80153
L. Messi 13', 21', 30'
Dani Alves 90'+
Full time in Spain. Barcelona get three points after a very comfortable 5-0 victory over Mallorca this evening which included a Lionel Messi hat trick. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Dani Alves scores an absolute screamer! A quick free kick is taken and then the Brazilian fires a dipping shot off the crossbar and in from 25 yards!
Barca just running down the clock now. They have won the match comfortably.
Barcelona counter attack at pace from the back. Valdes distributes to Thiago who drives forward and passes inside to Messi. The Argentine then gives the ball to Deulofeu who attempts to run into the box but he takes a heavy touch and Mallorca clear.
Dani Alves and Messi close to linking up again for another Barca goal. The Brazilian hits a deep cross to the back post and Messi peels off and headers towards goal but it goes just over the crossbar.
Deulofeu breaks off to the left hand side and drives at the Mallorca defenders, the substitute nutmegs Zuiverloon before charging forward to earn his side a corner.
Zuiverloon and Nsue link up down the right hand side but Mascherano manages to slide in and intercept the pass. Excellent reading of the game from the Argentine.
HUUUUYYYY!!! The corner finds its way to Gerard Pique who headers towards the empty net but the ball is cleared off the line!
Messi drives a powerful shot through the crowd but Aouate manages to clear the ball away for a corner kick!
Messi drives at the Mallorca defence and a quick change of feet sucks in the foul from Cendros. Barca free kick just outside the box.
Cuence and Messi link up through the middle and the Argentine was almost through on goal but the young Spaniard's pass was slightly over hit and Mallorca get a goal kick.
Josep Lluis Martí
Yellow CardDaniel Alves
First booking of the match and it goes to Dani Alves, after the Brazilian brought down Joao with a late tackle.
Nsue shows good pace down the right-hand side but his final ball into the box is very poor and goes straight to Gerard Pique, who launches a counter attack for Barca.
A glimpse of Deulofeu as he drives into the Mallorca box but a defender just manages to nick the ball away from danger. He certainly looks bright does the youngster.
A quiet period in the game at the moment. Barcelona are in no rush to find another goal.
Nsue gets something on the ball but Mascherano expertly reads the play and the ball eventually goes out for a Barcelona goal kick.
Mallorca enjoy a small period of possession now, with Nsue showing great strength down the right-hand side. He eventually earns a set-piece for his side.
Third and final substitution for Barca as David Villa comes off to be replaced by 17 year old attacker Gerard Deulofeu. Another product of the La Masia youth system makes an appearance for Barcelona.
Pique ventures forward and tries to lob a pass over the Mallorca defece for Villa but the defence manage to intercept but then surrender possession again to Barca.
Another substitution for Barcelona as Sergio Busquets is replaced by Carles Puyol. Mascherano will go to midfield now and Pique and Puyol will get a rare opportunity to partner at the back.
Mallorca with a corner kick and a rare opportunity to hurt Barca but Victor Valdes rushes from goal to expertly snatch the ball out of the air.
HUUUUYYY!! A set-piece from Thiago is whipped in to the six yard box and Keita is very close to heading home but Aouate manages to punch clear!
Outside the Mallorca box is extremely packed at the moment. Barca are patiently exchanging passes in the final third but the visitors are holding on, for now.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Cuenca scores his first goal for Barca after delightfully taking the ball out of the air and expertly taking the ball around Aouate before slotting home!
Both sides make some changes at the break as Crespi and Zuiverloon come on for Ramis and Tissone for Mallorca, and Pique comes on for Abidal for Barcelona.
The second half is underway. You cant see anything but further Barca domination in the match. Expect them to grab a few more goals in the next 45 minutes.
Half time in Spain. Barcelona go in with a 3-0 advantage over Mallorca thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick within the first 30 minutes of the match. Game over you feel and Barca will look to push on for more. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
David Villa has looked out of sorts in the first half. He has lost his footing a few times and does not look his usual vibrant self. Perhaps this will change in the second period.
Even with Barcelona's dominance in the match. Mallorca have been very poor. They are struggling to string three passes together at the moment.
David Villa makes a darting run into the Mallorca box and attempts the back heel the ball into the path of Cuenca but the youngster is just out muscled and the ball is cleared.
Barca just passing the ball about at will at the moment. Mallorca have been powerless to resist the champions, and Leo Messi, in this first half.
Lionel Messi is on 199 goals for Barcelona now. You would not put it past the Argentine maestro making that landmark tonight with a fourth goal.
Great defending from Joao! The Brazilian was on the floor yet still managed to block Adriano's shot that was heading for an empty net!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Dani Alves whips in a wonderful cross from deep to the middle of the Mallorca box for Messi who side foots the ball on the half volley past Aouate!
Messi goes on a trademark jinking run and then finds Thiago on the left hand side, and the young Spaniard drilled the ball into the box but Mallorca manage to clear.
Messi looks for the run of Seydou Keita in behind the Mallorca defence but the pass is just over hit and Aouate manages to gather and clutch the ball to his chest.
Cuenca has been very bright for Barcelona in the opening quarter of the game. He certainly has pace and a few bits of trickery up his sleeve.
Barca have looked comfortable apart from Joao's early chance. You fear the worst for Mallorca here with so much of the game still to play.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!! Cuenca whips the ball in from the right wing to the back post for Adriano who's shot-come-cross finds its way to Messi who passes home from six yards!
Barca have really got into their stride now. That penalty has settled all the nerves and now the home side can strut their stuff.
David Villa finds room behind the Mallorca defence but Aouate manages to rush out and block the shot of the Barca player! Great goalkeeping!
Penalty for Barcelona! Messi clips a pass over the Mallorca defence to Adriano who heads back across goal but Nsue handles the ball in the area!
Positive play from Cuenca down the right hand side, the youngster found space and whipped in an excellent cross to the six yard box but Barca had no takers!
David Villa finds room in a brilliant position in the Mallorca box but languishes on the ball for too long and the away side manage to clear!
Joao misses a great chance for Mallorca at the near post! Excellent counter attack from the visitors there but the midfielder couldn't finish!
Barca get a corner after a speculative shot from Dani Alves nicks off a Mallorca defender and goes by the post. The resulting set-piece goes straight into the hands of Aouate.
Barcelona get into their passing groove quickly. We have already seen a glimpse of the youngster Cuenca, playing on the right hand side for the Catalan club this evening.
The match has kicked off in Spain. Although Barcelona have fielded a much changed line-up this evening, they still go into this match as overwhelming favourites. However, if Mallorca can get in the face of the champions, we are in store for an entertaining match.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!! Messi steps up and expertly dispatches the penalty into the top right corner!
Pep Guardiola is fielding a much changed line-up in this game. Xavi has been given a rest and is not even in the match squad. Iniesta and Fabregas are on the bench as Cuenca is given another first team opportunity in attack. Will this experimental side have enough to see off Mallorca? We will see in the next couple of hours.
This is the first eleven of Mallorca: Aouate; Cendros, Chico, Ramis, Bigas; Nsue, Joao, Marti, Castro; Tissone, Alvaro
The teams are in and this is how Barcelona will be lining up tonight: Valdes; Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano; Thiago, Keita, Busquets; Villa, Messi ,Cuenca.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the match for you this evening. You can follow me on Twitter at @MartinMac1 so don't forget to posts your thoughts, feelings, and predictions for the match!
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