|First Division - Day 2|
Barcelona 2 - Mallorca 0
Víctor Valdés; Belletti, Oleguer, Puyol, Gio Van Bronckhorst
(Ezquerro 82'); Xavi, Márquez (Van Bommel 67'), Deco (Iniesta 77');
Giuly, Eto'o, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.
Team changes: Barça: Belletti for Edmilson / Mallorca: Arango, Yordi for Tuni, Peralta.
Two headed goals from Samuel Eto'o gave Barcelona a comfortable 2-0 win over Mallorca. The presence of the Camerooni striker was in doubt before kick off after a blow on the head in training required hospital treatment, but he lined up from the start and proved he had recovered when he headed Van Bronckhorst's cross down past Moyà midway through the first half. And five minutes later Eto'o was on hand to score a second after the keeper could only block a fierce shot from Giuly, getting ahead of his marker to force the ball into the net after it rebounded off the bar.
The second half was virtually all one way traffic towards the visitors' goal, with an at times selfish Eto'o trying his best to complete his hat-trick. But things swung even more in Brcelona's favour when Ballesteros and then Farinós were sent off for second bookable offences later in the second half. Rijkaard used the occasion to give a first run out to Van Bommel and then Ezquerro, and Van Bommel hit the post in one of his side's many attacks. But with a difficult Champions League tie to come in Bremen midweek, the Catalans just ran down the clock from there on.