First Division - Day 37

Barcelona 2 - Mallorca 3

Barcelona: Pinto; Zambrotta (Oleguer 67'), Thuram, Puyol, Abidal; Touré Yaya, Edmilson, Deco (Bojan 46'); Messi (Giovani 62'), Eto'o, Henry. 4-3-3.
Mallorca: Moyà; Héctor (Ibagaza 64'), David Navarro, Nunes, Fernando Navarro; Varela, Basinas, Borja Valero, Arango (Chori Castro 79'); Güiza, Webó (Trejo 85'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Barça: Pinto, Thuram, Edmilson, Deco, Eto'o for Víctor Valdés, Márquez, Xavi, Gudjohnsen, Bojan / Mallorca: Webó for Tuni.

1-0. 16. Henry. Latched on to Messi deflected pass and shot inside near post.
2-0. 55. Eto'o. Following up after Moyà blocked first time volley from Messi.
2-1. 67. Borja Valero. Picked up Ibagaza pass and struck deflected shot into net.
2-2. 69. Webó. Shot into ground from right which bounced over head of Pinto.
2-3. 90. Güiza. Controlled Ibagaza cross and struck angled shot wide of keeper.

Another poor performance by Barcelona, who threw away a two goal lead to lose 2-3 to Mallorca. Before and after the match there were strong protests from fans against club president Joan Laporta and in favour of outgoing manager Frank Rijkaard, who Laporta announced will be replaced by B team coach Pep Guardiola next season.

Deco and Eto'o were also the target for fans' anger after they were both accused (wrongly or rightly) of picking up fifth bookings to avoid playing against Real Madrid last week, but things quietened down when Henry opened the scoring after Messi's pass was deflected in to his path. Henry and Deco both went close, but the visitors came back, Pinto having to save from Arango, Valero, Nunes and Güiza either side of half time.

Ten minutes after the restart though Eto'o put the locals two up after Moyà blocked a first time volley from Messi. Rijkaard decided to rest the Argentinian star, but only a couple of minutes later Mallorca got one back when Valero's shot deflected off Thuram past the keeper. And three minutes after that the visitors were level after Webó latched on to a Thuram clearance and bounced a shot over the head of Pinto.

Eto'o could have restored the lead had Moyà not kept him out, but the locals were reduced to ten men when Edmilson picked up a second booking. And with the game in injury time Pichichi Güiza picked up a cross from Ibagaza and fired a low shot past Pinto to win the match. A fifth victory in a row keeps the Balearic Islanders in with a chance of a place in the UEFA Cup next season, and they ended the day only a point behind Racing. Barça though are praying for the season to end, and several of their players may have played their last game in the Nou camp for some time.