On the Catalan’s side, Xavi switched three times after the 0-1 at home against Rayo Vallecano: instead of Dest (muscle injury), Garcia and the battered Dembelé (both bank), Dani Alves, Piqué and Depay started.
Depay refines the pass from Jordi Alba
In the first 20 minutes, Mallorca held out well, disturbed early and occasionally appeared at the edge of the penalty area. Barça still had the first big chance. Aubameyang failed to Sergio Rico, who parried heavily (6th).
In the middle of the first half, the game picked up speed. Fer Nino awarded a huge chance for Mallorca from a short distance in front of the empty gate (19th), on the other hand, the supposed leadership by Araujo did not count due to a narrow offside position (23rd). Shortly afterwards, however, the Depay steeply sent by Jordi Alba with a dream pass was 1-0 for Barcelona (25th).
In the further course of the first half, the game became one -sided. Barça was now superior, even if the really big goal opportunities failed to fail until the break.
busquets accurate, Raillo surprisingly
The second half began with a pressure phase of the Catalans, which consequently culminated in 2-0, achieved the bus quets from the edge of the penalty area with an accurate bumper (54.). As a result, Barcelona remained superior, but left opportunities for further hits.
From Mallorca there was nothing to be seen in the first around 25 minutes after the restart, the more surprisingly, the RCD came in the 79th minute after a standard situation for the connecting goal by Raillo, who carried out the knee. Ultimately, however, it remained with well -deserved success for the Catalans.
In the finals of a good 15 minutes, Barcelona’s young star Ansu Fati had given his comeback after a long injury break since the beginning of November.
Barça will compete with pursuer Betis next Saturday (9 p.m.), Mallorca welcomes FC Granada seven hours earlier at 2 p.m.