Result: Mallorca 0-2 Barcelona

Pep Guardiola
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Goals from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique secure a 2-0 victory for Barcelona over Mallorca on Saturday.

Barcelona have moved to within three points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win over Mallorca on Saturday.

The away side started the better and Lionel Messi might have opened the scoring after 13 minutes, but he was denied by Dudu Aouate.

In a tight opening, Barcelona opened the scoring after 25 minutes courtesy of Messi, who headed home an Alexis Sanchez cross.

Messi might have doubled the lead moments later, but he fired wide from close range before Sanchez and Andres Iniesta also tried their hand.

Mallorca were struggling to influence proceedings in the first period, and the second half started much the same with Messi coming close after 55 minutes.

Barcelona lost Thiago to a red card early in the second period, but it did not stop their dominance.

The home side did come close via a Tomer Hemed header after 57 minutes, before Hemed again tested Victor Valdes with 20 minutes remaining.

Barcelona all but secured the win, however, after 79 minutes when Gerard Pique struck from inside the box to send the Catalans 2-0 ahead.

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2Barcelona22002026
3Real Madrid21105054
4Villarreal21104224
5EibarEibar11003123
6Atletico MadridAtletico11001013
7Espanyol210123-13
8Real Sociedad20200002
9Sporting GijonSporting Gijon20200002
10Sevilla10100001
11Valencia10100001
12Malaga201101-11
13Rayo Vallecano201103-31
14Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo10100001
15Real Betis201116-51
16Levante100112-10
17Athletic Bilbao100101-10
18Getafe100101-10
19Las PalmasLas Palmas100101-10
20Granada100113-20