FC Barcelona continued their historic run in La Liga with a 4-2 win against Mallorca on Sunday. Barcelona have now equaled the best start in La Liga history after the first 11 games.
Mallorca had solid chances to take the lead at the beginning of the game. A good chance for Mallorca was in the 17th minute as Hemed missed putting a cross past Victor Valdes. Mallorca missed another shot at taking the lead in the 21st minute off a set piece.
Barcelona struck first thanks to a set piece in the 28th minute. A free kick was given to Barca just outside the box. It wasn’t Lionel Messi who took it. Instead, it was Xavi who took the free kick and sent the ball over the Mallorca wall and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Cristian Tello just missed finding David Villa for a goal in the 34th minute.
Lionel Messi got his goal just two minutes before halftime as the new papa took a shot from the top of the box that slipped through the hands of Dudu Aouate for the 2-0 score. With the goal, Messi tied Pele with 75 goals in a calendar year.
Just when we thought the scoring was over for the first half, Cristian Tello came from the top left of the box and curled in a wonderful goal to make it 3-0 less than a minute after Messi’s goal.
In the second half, Mallorca got a goal back thanks to a great pass by Victor Casadesus to Michael Pereira who was left all alone to blast it past Valdes in the 55th minute. Three minutes later, a handball by Sergio Busquets inside the box gave Mallorca a spot kick and Casadesus slipped it past Valdes to cut the Barcelona lead to one.
It looked like Mallorca was on their way to coming back, but in the 70th minute, Leo Messi gave Barca a two-goal cushion via a golazo from the little Argentine. A Dani Alves cross into the box bounced away from Alexis Sanchez and landed at Messi’s feet who slammed the ball past Aouate for his brace on the night.
With that goal, Messi passed Pele for second in the record books for the most goals in a calendar year. As previously mentioned, Messi only trails Gerd Muller (85 goals in 1972) for the record.
FINAL: RCD Mallorca 2 – 4 FC Barcelona
Let’s break down the top three most important things about Barcelona’s win over Mallorca.