|First Division - Day 32|
Real Madrid 1 - Mallorca 5
Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro, Iván Helguera, Roberto Carlos;
Makelele, Guti (Morientes 65'); Figo, Zidane, McManaman (Solari 53'); Ronaldo
(Portillo 78'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Madrid: Michel Salgado for Miñambres / Mallorca: No change.
An amazing result at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where leaders Real Madrid were well and truly thrashed 1-5 by Mallorca. Madrid's last home defeat in the league dated back to 1st November 2000, actually against the Balearic Island side themselves, although it didn't look as if history would repeat itself when Ronaldo picked up McManaman's pass to open the scoring in the eleventh minute. Earlier in the game the Brazilian striker had had a goal disallowed for a borderline offside, and Fernando Niño had to clear another effort from him after the goal with Leo Franco beaten.
Although Mallorca had knocked Madrid out of the cup they had lost 0-5 in the home league match earlier in the season, and when Leo Franco got down to push a Zidane free kick round the post it looked as if a repeat was on the cards. However Pandiani sent a warning shot over the bar just before the break, and three minutes in to the second half he took advantange of a stray ball in the penalty area to fire an equaliser past Casillas.
Zidane tested Franco once again with a long shot, but only a couple of minutes later Eto'o set up Riera for him to put the visitors ahead. Mallorca were on song, and Eto'o hit the side netting on another quick breakaway before he finally got his name on the scoresheet, turning quickly past Hierro and Roberto Carlos to slide the ball past Casillas. Six minutes after that it was four, Riera hitting a first time volley across the face of the goal and Roberto Carlos turning it into his own net trying to stop it from reaching Pandiani.
By now the fans were whistling at their own players, and they applauded Eto'o when he was replaced by Carlos in the last minute as Manzano wound down the clock. But before the game ended the new man ran through on to Ibagaza's defence splitting pass to get a fifth goal and round off an extraordinary scoreline which takes Mallorca up to sixth pending Sunday's games. It was not the result Del Bosque was looking for just three days before the Champions League clash with Juventus.