Luuk de Jong’s goal against Mallorca helps Barcelona move up within a point of fourth place in La Liga.
Luuk de Jong’s 44th minute goal against Mallorca helps Barcelona move up within a point of fourth place in La Liga.
During the first half, Luuk de Jong headed home Oscar Mingueza’s cross for the winning goal.
Because of Covid and other injuries, Xavi’s team had to play without several key first-team members for extended portions of the game but still managed to exert considerable control.
A bicycle kick from De Jong was one of his two shots that hit the woodwork in the first half.
Fer Nino headed a Dani Rodriguez teaser inches over the bar before Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a fine stop to deny Jaume Costa a late equalizer for Mallorca.
However, the hosts, who are currently 15th in the table, were unable to hold off Barcelona, who have cut the distance on Atletico Madrid, who are currently 4th.
Dani Alves, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Gavi, and Serginho Dest were just some of the regulars that were absent from Barcelona’s squad.
Samuel Eto’o, a former Mallorca and Barcelona player, made a surprise cameo before kickoff.
Outside the Estadi de Son Moix, a mural depicting Eto’o was unveiled to the delight of both groups of stadium patrons.