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Mallorca v Barcelona Live Commentary, 01/10/2022

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R. Lewandowski (20)
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Up next, Barcelona have a tough away trip in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Xavi's side face off against Inter. For Mallorca, they will head to Elche, who are currently bottom of the league. Aguirre will hope that the positives from tonight's game will translate to points against weaker sides in the league.
Barcelona were certainly not at their best, but they got the job done, with Lewandowski's clever finish, his ninth goal of the season, separating the two sides. Mallorca certainly proved to be up for it, with opportunities falling to Muriqi, Sanchez, and Lee, but the home side were just unable to get the ball into the back of the net.
90' + 3' FULL TIME: MALLORCA 0-1 BARCELONA
90' + 1' Mallorca have had 13 shots to Barcelona's 11, with both teams registering three shots on target.
90' We are getting three minutes of added time!
88' HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN? Mallorca hit Barcelona on the counter again, and the ball lands to Lee in the middle of the box. He certainly does not have it under control as it bounces around a little, but he takes a shot at a tight angle from the right hand side. Ter Stegen's foot misses it, but the ball is just wide of the far post! So close!!
L. Junior
Ruíz de Galarreta
Mallorca
85' Ruiz comes off for Lago Junior.
84' Mallorca go on the attack with Ruiz's shot from the left-hand side getting blocked. The rebound makes it way just outside of the box, and it's pinged back to Muriqi, but he's offside, his shot having been saved anyway.
M. Valjent
Yellow Card
Mallorca
83' Torres escapes from Baba, and Valjent attempts to help out by grabbing the Barca player around his waist to slow him down. The action gets him swiftly booked.
Ferran Torres
O. Dembélé
Barcelona
80' Torres also makes an appearance, replacing Dembele.
Sergi Roberto
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
80' Xavi is hoping to close this one out as Roberto comes on for Alba.
79' Gavi and Pedri combine in front of goal, with the latter attempting a backheel into the centre of the box for Raphinha, but the Mallorca players deal with the threat.
B. Cufré
Jaume Costa
Mallorca
77' A like for like substitution at left-back as Costa comes off for Cufre.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Barcelona
74' First yellow of the second half goes to Busquets, who gets booked for persistently fouling Baba.
69' Rajkovic clearly is feeling brave today, despite being a goal down, as he nearly gifts Lewandowski a free oppurtunity after a poor touch. He somehow manages to evade trouble, and clears the ball away from danger. A close call for Mallorca!
Dani Rodríguez
Antonio Sánchez
Mallorca
67' Aguirre also makes a change, with Sanchez coming off for Rodriguez.
Raphinha
Ansu Fati
Barcelona
67' Fati also makes way for Raphinha.
Pedri
F. Kessie
Barcelona
67' Xavi's first sub of the match, as Pedri comes on for Kessie.
66' Maffeo is currently playing his 100th LaLiga game (currently 99, 33 with Girona, 25 with Huesca and 41 with his current club) - he scored the winning goal in his team's last league game against Almería (1-0). He has so far contributed in this match with two key passes.
61' Kessie has a shot from right outside the box, and it goes wide. Mallorca started off the half strong, but now Barcelona are enjoying some of the ball.
58' Barcelona have taken 16 points after their first six games in LaLiga 22/23 (W5 D1) and conceded just one goal - their best start in terms of points at this stage in a top-flight campaign since 2017/18 (18 points, W6) and they haven't conceded fewer goals after six games since 2014/15 (0).
54' Valjent has a go from distance, but his feet are not necessarily sorted, and the ball flies into the stands.
52' ANOTHER CHANCE! Mallorca have woken up here. Maffeo and Sanchez combine on the right, and Sanchez either attempts a shot that's wide at the far post after Ter Stegen gets the tips of his fingers on it, or a pass that flashes across the face of goal with no one to poke it home. Either way, it is better from the home side.
50' CLOSE! A good chance for Mallorca as Lee shows off some great ball retention skills in midfield before passing it over to Maffeo at the byline. He crosses it into the box to Muriqi who heads it down, but it lacks power and it goes a bit wide.
49' Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre has suffered 16 LaLiga defeats against Barcelona (G22 W2 D4), his highest tally against the same opponent in the competition, losing the last 10 in a row. We may be looking at the eleventh one tonight is his team isn't able to turn things around.
46' We're back for the second half!
As it stands, Barcelona are going top of the table, while Mallorca are firmly in 10th. Xavi will have to manage the remaining 45 minutes well though, with both of his centre-backs in the book.
Barcelona are in the lead thanks to a clever finish from LaLiga's top goalscorer, Lewandowski, in the 20th minute, and he now has nine goals in seven matches. Mallorca came close to equalising 15 minutes later, but Costa was denied by Ter Stegen from close range.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: MALLORCA 0-1 BARCELONA
45' + 1' Busquets seems to get hit in the back of his head in his own box, but he's checked quickly, and play continues.
F. Kessie
Yellow Card
Barcelona
45' This referee is clearly not afraid to use his cards. Kessie gets booked for a pull of the shoulder and a shove on Maffeo, and that's a fifth card in six minutes.
45' We are getting one minute of added time!
Jaume Costa
Yellow Card
Mallorca
42' Costa now gets booked for arguing with the referee over his foul on Balde.
41' Xavi and his assistants have their say to the fourth official, and one of Barcelona's coaching staff is shown a straight red by the referee!
Piqué
Yellow Card
Barcelona
39' Tensions are getting high here! Pique fouls Lee with a two-footed tackle and the referee does not hesitate to pull out the yellow card. The Barcelona players immediately surround him, complaining about the decision. Gavi also starts an argument, as he feels he was fouled moments earlier.
A. Christensen
Yellow Card
Barcelona
39' Christensen gets booked for a poor tackle on Muriqi.
35' SO CLOSE! Sanchez has the ball on the right flank and crosses it in, only for it to be headed back to him by Christensen. He tries again, and this time Costa, who runs on to the pass, beats both Balde and Pique to the ball. He takes a shot from close range, but it's almost straight at Ter Stegen.
30' Prior to his goal tonight, Lewandowski had scored eight goals in his first six games for Barcelona in La Liga. Only two players have exceeded that tally in their first seven games of a campaign in the competition - Cristiano Ronaldo (10 in 2014/15) and Lionel Messi (nine in 2017/18).
26' Barcelona win a corner and Lewandowski heads it to Pique, who nods it down to Fati. His volley is way too powerful though, and it's well over. Replays show that he was in an offside position, anyway.
Ansu Fati
Assist
Barcelona
20' It was a good assist by Fati, who was being pressed but was able to keep possession and play it through to his Polish team-mate, who still had a lot to do.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
Barcelona
20' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Who else but Lewandowski? He receives the ball from Fati, and is up against Valjent on the left. The striker fakes one way, and goes the other, freeing up some space for himself to curl the ball into the bottom corner at the far post.
16' Dembele receives the ball on the right, and has quite a few options alongside him, but fancies himself to shoot. It proves to be the wrong decision, as his shot doesn't even force a save.
12' CLOSE! A fantastic quick throughball from Kessie means that Lewandowski is through on goal, but Rajkovic reacts well, and comes out just in time to collect!
11' CHANCE FROM A CORNER! Mallorca's corner routine is perfect, as it frees up Ruiz in the box to take a shot, but it's a bit too high.
10' The Visit Mallorca Stadium holds 23,142 spectators, and the home crowd are certainly starting off the match by making their voices heard tonight.
6' Mallorca's first corner of the game goes into the box. It's cleared, but only as far as Ruiz, who attempts a volley, but his shot is blocked.
4' Barcelona start off with the ball, looking for a way in. After passing around the ball for a bit, Busquets loops it over the top for Lewandowski, but it's cleared. Gavi tries to get on the end of it, but his shot isn't near the target.
1' The referee has blown the whistle and we are under way!
The teams are out, and kick-off will happen momentarily.
Barcelona have won 12 of their last 13 visits to Mallorca in LaLiga (W1), having won only two of the previous nine (D2 L5), the only exception in this run being a 1-2 defeat in May 2009 with Pep Guardiola as manager and Gregorio Manzano on the Balearic bench.
Mallorca are winless in their last 12 meetings with Barcelona in LaLiga (D1 L11), losing the last nine - they have never lost 10 in a row against the same opponent in the top-flight.
Mallorca are without Timo Kadewere, Dominik Greif, who picked up injuries against UD Almeria, while Barcelona have travelled without Memphis Depay, Frenkie De Jong and Jules Kounde, the three players sustaining muscle problems during international duty.
SUBS: Pedri, Ferran Torres, Marcos Alonso, Sergi Roberto, Raphinha, Eric García, Inaki Pena, Marc Casado, Pablo Torre, Arnau Tenas.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Alejandro Balde, Gerard Pique, Andreas Christensen, Jordi Alba; Franck Kessie, Sergio Busquets, Gavi; Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati.
SUBS: Matija Nastasic, Braian Cufre, Franco Russo, Clement Grenier, Abdon Prats, Lago Junior, Dani Rodriguez, Rodrigo Battaglia, Giovanni Gonzalez, Angel Rodriguez, Amath Ndiaye, Leo Roman.
MALLORCA (5-3-2): Predrag Rajkovic; Pablo Maffeo, Martin Valjent, Antonio Raillo, Jose Copete, Jaume Costa; Iddrisu Baba, Inigo Ruiz De Galarreta, Antonio Sanchez; Lee Kang-in, Vedat Muriqi.
Mallorca, who survived relegation last season by one point, will be hoping that they are not in the same position again this year as they look to pick up as many points as possible. Barcelona, on the other hand, will be hoping that with a result tonight, they can move top of the league table.
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