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Palma de Mallorca. He is not popular with FC Barcelona fans, but on Sunday night Luuk de Jong played a solid match and scored the goal that secured the failed big club a victory over Mallorca.
Barcelona, however, had to fight hard for the three points. Mallorca was strongest in the final phase, but the visitors slid to a narrow 1-0 victory in La Liga.
Marc-André ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal dished up a huge save in overtime and, together with Luuk de Jong, became crucial for Barcelona.
It was extremely much needed that the insulted Dutchman in the attack entered into character. Barcelona has been hit hard by corona infection and injuries to several of the team’s profiles.
People like Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati were all out and Luuk de Jong was the only real striker left in the squad.
Among other things, head coach Xavi was forced to pose with just 17-year-old Ilias Akhomach as part of the front trio. He got his second first team match.
Nevertheless, Barcelona managed to get a full win. With the victory, the club climbs up to fifth place.
There were no plans for any fireworks from the reserve-hit Barcelona team, and Luuk de Jong was in fact by far the most uplifting acquaintance in the first half.
After 29 minutes, he shoveled the ball on the post after a fine sting, and less than a minute later he knocked it on the crossbar with an acrobatic scissor kick.
Shortly before the break whistle, the Dutchman got a hole in the abscess. At the back post, he rose to a post from the right and headed the ball into the net for 1-0.
The second half was not exactly a party firework. Mallorca came up with something better than was the case in the first half, and the home team had a couple of fine opportunities.
Barcelona acted feverishly on the defensive on several occasions when Mallorca seriously pressed. It was clear that there was a lack of mutual agreement on the highly decimated Barcelona squad.
The visitors were in the final phase out in a regular defense of their lead, and while Xavi fenced with his arms on the sideline, Marc-André ter Stegen became the second half great Barcelona hero.
/ ritzau /
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