Abidal Is Back! Cesc's First Hat-Trick and More: 3 Takeaways from Barca's Win

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Abidal Is Back! Cesc's First Hat-Trick and More: 3 Takeaways from Barca's Win
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FC Barcelona got a momentum builder on Saturday as El Blaugrana rolled over RCD Mallorca 5-0 at the Camp Nou. 

Cristian Tello had the first shot at goal in the fourth minute as a nice through ball from Andres Iniesta found the kid, but Tello's shot went wide right. 

Cesc Fabregas made it 1-0 in the 20th minute as a fantastic give-and-go between him and Alexis Sanchez found the former Arsenal captain past the Mallorca defense when he put the ball past Dudu Aouate for the 1-0 lead

Just two minutes later, Alexis Sanchez found the back of the net as a Cesc's shot was blocked by Aouate and the ball found Sanchez's feet, allowing the Chilean to double the lead. 

Barcelona scored two goals in one minute, 40 seconds, the ninth-fastest two consecutive goals this Liga season (via Infostrada Sports).

Fabregas made it 3-0 in the 37th minute as a give-and-go play with Sanchez similar to the second Barca goal gave Cesc his brace on the night. 

Just two minutes later, Alexis made it 4-0 thanks to a sweet pass from Fabregas.

Goals from Cesc and Alexis within two minutes...twice in the first half. 

Talk about deja vu!

In the second half, Cesc made it 5-0 within one minute as a great pass from Iniesta found Fabregas, who slipped it past Aouate for the fifth Barcelona goal.

Gerard Deulofeu made his first-team debut in the 66th minute as he came in for Cesc Fabregas. Marc Bartra and Martin Montoya had solid games as well.

But the most emotional moment of the game was not a single goal, or even Deulofeu's debut, it was the return of Eric Abidal in the 69th minute. The crowd at the Camp Nou stood and gave an emotional cheer as the Frenchman returned to the pitch after a long road back from his liver transplant recovery. 

Welcome back, Abidal!

Final: FC Barcelona 5-0 RCD Mallorca

Let's look at my three takeaways "From the Mind of Xoel" as Barca rolled past Mallorca at the Camp Nou on Saturday.


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