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Spanish Primera BBVA

ONO Estadi (ATT 15,000) 11th November 2012 - Kick off 16:50 Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Mallorca Real Mallorca vs Barcelona Barcelona

Mallorca 2

M Pereira (55)
Victor (pen 59)

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Barcelona 4

Xavi (28)
L Messi (44, 70)
C Tello (45)

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Messi inspires Barca victory

Last Updated: 11/11/12 9:06pm

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Lionel Messi: Twice on target in Barca win

Lionel Messi: Twice on target in Barca win

Two goals by Lionel Messi inspired leaders Barcelona to a 4-2 victory at Mallorca after the hosts had threatened to derail their visitors' bid for a 10th win in this season's Primera Division.

Barcelona were cruising at 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Xavi, Messi and Cristian Tello.

However, Mallorca scored twice in four second-half minutes through Michael Pereira and a Victor Casadesus penalty but Messi struck to bring the hosts' comeback to a halt.

Messi was influential from the outset, forcing Dudu Aouate to intercept his cross from Xavi's free-kick from the right. Dani Alves' 20-yard shot was also repelled by the keeper.

Tomer Hemed volleyed over for the hosts in their first real attack of note and they almost went ahead midway through the first half, but Victor saw his header tipped round the post by Victor Valdes.

However, Barca were ahead five minutes later. Cesc Fabregas was fouled by Jose Luis Marti with Xavi firing the resulting free-kick into the top left-hand corner from 25 yards.

Fabregas shot over but Mallorca had a great chance to draw level, only for Anderson Conceicao to head over from inside the six-yard box.

They were made to pay for that failure when Messi gave Barca a 2-0 lead when he drilled the ball into the centre of the goal from 20 yards two minutes before the break.

And just a minute later the game appeared all but over when the visitors got a third, Tello firing home a fine 20-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

Alejandro Alfaro mishit a shot when well placed in the six-yard box as Mallorca looked to make a dent in the scoreline.

And two goals in four minutes saw the hosts force their way back into the game.

First of all Pereira slammed the ball high into the centre of the goal from Alfaro's right-wing cross 10 minutes after the break.

Just four minutes later Mallorca cut the deficit to just one goal, Victor hitting a penalty down the middle following Sergio Busquets' handball.

However, rather than Mallorca going on to equalise, the next goal came from Barcelona with 20 minutes to go.

Alexis Sanchez laid the ball off to Messi who drilled a fierce shot high into the top left-hand corner.

The goal deflated Mallorca and it was Barca who came closest to scoring, Messi inches away from a hat-trick when Aouate tipped his shot over.


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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20

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