First Division - Day 25

Mallorca 0 - Barcelona 0

Mallorca: Roa; Olaizola, Nadal, Fernando Niño, Miguel Soler; Campano, Engonga, Marcos, Paunovic (Ibagaza 46'); Losada (Novo 80'), Luque (Carlos 91'). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Reina; Puyol, Christanval, Frank De Boer, Sergi; Gabri, Rochemback (Saviola 50'), Xavi (Motta 89'), Cocu; Kluivert, Rivaldo (Geovanni 67'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Mallorca: Campano, Paunovic for Novo, Cristian Díaz / Barcelona: No change.

Goals: None.

Mallorca and Barcelona played out a 0-0 draw at the San Moix stadium, a result which didn't help either team. Once again the two best players on the park were the two keepers, with Roa in superb form keeping out efforts from Rivaldo and Kluivert and Reina saving from Luque before half time. Other than that it was a dull first 45 minutes, with most of the play in the middle of the pitch as the two sides battled for supremacy. Once again Rexach left Saviola on the bench until five minutes after the break, and he went close to scoring a few minutes after coming on after Roa inexplicably blocked Rivaldo's shot with his chest. Sergio Kresic also made a quick change introducing Ibagaza n the second half, although the Argentine midfielder is only just recovering from a serious injury and was a long way off the form he showed last season.

Rivaldo had been injured in an early tackle from Nadal, and he left the field limping with just over an hour gone. Kluivert brought another good save out of Roa, and Rivaldo's replacement Geovanni missed the best chance of the game near the end when he shot wide with an open goal in front of him. Poor results for the teams below them mean that Barça do stay in fifth place, but they have failed to capitalise on their recent games against the lower ranked teams, and now have a difficult programme ahead of them, starting with Deportivo next weekend. Mallorca pick up a valuable point which just keeps them above the relegation zone, but after they seemed to be getting clear with two big wins in a row, they have now only taken one point from their last three games. A defeat at Zaragoza next week and they could be in the bottom three.