Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Mascherano, Abidal (Piqué 46'), Adriano; Thiago, Busquets (Puyol
58'), Keita; Isaac Cuenca, Messi, David Villa (Gerard Deulofeu 63'). 4-3-3.
Mallorca: Aouate; Cendrós, Chico, Ramis (Crespí 46'), Bigas; Joao Víctor, Martí (Víctor Casadesús 73'), Tissone (Zuiverloon 46'); Nsue, Alvaro Giménez, Chori Castro. 4-3-3.
1-0. 13. Messi (penalty). After Nsue handled ball inside the penalty area.
2-0. 21. Messi. Turned ball in on far post after Adriano laid back Cuenca cross.
3-0. 29. Messi. First time shot wide of Aouate from long Dani Alves cross.
4-0. 50. Isaac Cuenca. Picked up Thiago pass and rounded keeper to score.
5-0. 92. Dani Alves. Picked up short Messi free kick and struck shot in off bar.
Yellow cards: Nsue 13', Dani Alves 73', Bigas 90'.
Barcelona momentarily took over top spot of the league table after hammering Mallorca 5-0 on Saturday, although Real Madrid's victory at Real Sociedad later in the evening knocked them back down to second. There were some doubts at to whether Guardiola's side were going through a bad patch after some recent poor results, and they could have gone behind when Joao Victor put a good chance wide early on. But soon afterwards Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Nsue handled in the area, and the Argentinian superstar answered his critics with two more goals in the next quarter of an hour, the first after Adriano laid back a long cross from Cuenca, and the second with a first time shot from a Dani Alves cross. Five minutes after the restart Cuenca got his first goal for the first team, and after Messi and Piqué had chances cleared, Dani Alves finished things off with a shot in off the crossbar in injury time.