First Division - Day 6

Barcelona 3 - Mallorca 0

Barcelona: Bonano; Puyol, Frank De Boer, Andersson, Sergi (Gabri 46'); Luis Enrique (Motta 72'), Xavi, Cocu; Geovanni, Saviola; Kluivert (Gerard 59'). 4-3-2-1.
Mallorca: Miki; Olaizola, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Miguel Soler; Marcos (Paco Soler 65'), Engonga; Campano, Paunovic (Biagini 46'), Novo (Riera 83'); Luque. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Barcelona: Puyol, Saviola for Coco, Gabri / Mallorca: Campano, Paunovic for Cristian Díaz, Eto'o.

1-0. 09. Luis Enrique. Headed across keeper on near post after Geovanni corner.
2-0. 27. Luis Enrique. Ran on to long ball from Puyol and shot low past keeper.
3-0. 32. Saviola. Touched cross from Geovanni in off keeper from close up.

Barcelona moved to the top of the first division for the first time in two years after a comfortable win against a poor Mallorca side. Barcelona included B team youngsters Motta and Oleguer on their bench to make up numbers, with Rivaldo and Coco on international duty and several players injured. Mallorca were missing Eto'o, suspended for two games after insulting a linesman at the weekend. All three goals came in the first half, with Luis Enrique opening the scoring with a well placed header from Geovanni's corner early on, and adding a second eighteen minutes later after Puyol put him through. Saviola got his third of the season just after the half hour mark, and the game was all but over.

As the second half came to a close Sergi was carried off with a hamstring injury which may keep him out for several weeks, and Gabri came on in his place. Bernd Krauss brought on Biagini for Paunovic and Mallorca started to show some life, with Luque having a goal disallowed for offside. However when Fernando Niño picked up a second yellow card a few minutes later any hope of a recovery disappeared. Mallorca stay in the relegation zone with four points in six games, and even though they are doing well in the Champions League, Krauss has been warned that his job is on the line if things do not improve soon.