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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2Real Madrid372926111357689
3Atletico MadridAtletico37238667293877
4Valencia372111567303774
5Sevilla37227868432573
6Villarreal371612948331560
7Athletic Bilbao371410133841-352
8Malaga37148154045-550
9Espanyol371310144548-349
10Rayo Vallecano37154184464-2049
11Celta Vigo371212134442248
12Real Sociedad371013144049-943
13ElcheElche37117193562-2740
14Getafe37107203057-2737
15Levante3799193467-3336
16Granada37713172964-3534
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo37713173358-2534
18EibarEibar3788213155-2432
19Almeria3788213361-2832
RCordobaCordoba37311232265-4320