Nov 11, 2012 at 4.50pm UK at ​Iberostar Stadium
Mallorca
2-4
Barcelona
Pereira (55'), Casadesús (58' pen.)
Luis Marti (27')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Xavi (28'), Messi (44', 70'), Tello (45')
Busquets (57')

Result: Lionel Messi scores two goals to help Barcelona beat Mallorca

Barcelona defeat Real Mallorca 2-0 at the Estadio Son Moix.

Barcelona have beaten Mallorca 4-2 at the Estadio San Moix to stay top of La Liga.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Barcelona© AP Photos

The hosts could not profit from a few early chances and were punished in the 28th minute with a well-struck free kick from Xavi.

Lionel Messi and Christian Tello then put Tito Vilanova's men firmly in control with two quick goals before the break.

Mallorca got themselves back in the game in the 55th minute when Pereira dispatched Alfaro's cross. Three minutes later, the referee awarded Mallorca a penalty when Sergio Busquets handled inside the area.

Victor Casadesus put his penalty straight down the middle to restore yet more hope.

However, Messi's second goal of the night put the game to bed with 20 minutes remaining.

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