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Real Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona: Goals and highlights – LaLiga 21/22

Barcelona are back in action in 2022 with a tricky trip to Real Mallorca, as Xavi Hernandez looks to start the new year in positive fashion. The Catalans have looked better in LaLiga Santander of late, with a win over Elche followed by an away draw at Sevilla, and they will be aiming for three points on Sunday to launch their bid for a top four finish.

Real Mallorca vs Barcelona – FULL TIME: 0-1

This is the start of our Mallorca vs Barcelona live blog, with updates from this LaLiga Santander fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.

FULL TIME

It’s over! Barcelona seal a crucial three points in excruciating fashiong. Luuk de Jong’s first half header was enough to separate the two sides, but Ter Stegen’s heroics at the end were just as vital for the Catalans who close in on the top four.

Minute 90+2: Ter Stegen pulls off an incredible save!

Jaume Costa connects with a volley inside the box but Ter Stegen sticks out a right arm to save Barcelona in incredible fashion.

Minute 90: Barcelona hanging on

Mallorca are throwing everything forward and the Barcelona rear guard are having to hold on for dear life.

Minute 84: Mallorca go close!

An inswinging freekick finds Mboula who connects well with the header but gets too much on it and it flies over Ter Stegen’s bar.

Minute 70: Mallorca pile on the pressure

Barcelona have been in control for most of this match but the hosts have been piling on the pressure in the last ten minutes as they pursue an equaliser.

Minute 59: De Jong with a chance

Araujo crosses from the left towards the six-yard box where De Jong was lingering, but the Dutch striker sends the ball wide.

Minute 52: Jutgla aims for the top corner

Jutgla cuts inside from the left onto his right foot and looks to curl the ball into the far corner, but there’s just not enough whip on the ball.

Minute 46: Second half begins

We’re back underway in Mallorca.

HALF TIME

Barcelona go into the break with a deserved lead thanks to Luuk de Jong’s late header.

Minute 44: De Jong scores!

This time, Luuk de Jong finds the net. The striker leaps highest to head past the on-rushing Reina and gives Barcelona the lead just before the break.

Minute 42: Kang-in Lee has a go from distance

Chances have been few and far between for the hosts, which is why Lee attempted a shot on goal from a freekick. It fails to trouble Ter Stegen, however.

Minute 28: De Jong hits the post… twice!

A neat through ball finds Luuk de Jong who gets a toe to it but finds the post.

Then, in the next attack, De Jong tries a scissors kick but is denied by the bar! Incredible attempt from the tall striker.

Minute 10: Ilias has a shot on target

Ilias Akhomach cuts inside and has an effort on target which needs saving by Reina.

KICK OFF

The ball is rolling at Son Moix.

19:00 GMT: Mallorca’s confirmed XI

There’s no Kubo or Salva Sevilla for Mallorca against Barcelona.

Mallorca’s confirmed XI: Reina; Maffeo, Russo, Valjent, Jaume Costa; Baba, Battaglia; Dani Rodrguez, Kang In Lee, Sanchez; Angel.

18:45 GMT: Barcelona’s confirmed XI

Injuries and COVID-19 positives have depleted Xavi’s options, leading the coach to name a number of youngsters in the line-up. Ilias Akhomach, the 17-year-old, gets a start, as does Riqui Puig.

Barcelona’s confirmed XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Pique, Eric Garcia, Mingueza; Nico Gonzalez, Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig; Ilias Akhomach, Luuk de Jong, Ferran Jutgla.

Mallorca vs Barcelona predicted line-ups

Barcelona will be without a significant number of senior players for this match with 10 players having been ruled out due to contracting COVID-19. It has been suggested that the Catalan club are down to just 10 senior players, with the rest of the squad likely to be made up of La Masia players.

Real Mallorca’s predicted line-up: Manolo Reina; Pablo Maffeo, Franco Russo, Martin Valjent, Jaume Costa; Iddrisu Baba, Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta; Antonio Sanchez, Lee Kang-in, Dani Rodriguez; Angel Rodriguez.

Barcelona’s predicted line-up: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Oscar Mingueza; Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Nico; Ferran Jutgla, Ilias Akhomach, Luuk de Jong.

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