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First Division - Day 30

Barcelona 5 - Mallorca 0

Barcelona: Pinto; Dani Alves, Piqué (Abidal 69'), Marc Bartra, Montoya; Thiago, Alex Song, Iniesta (Jonathan Dos Santos 50'); Alexis, Fàbregas (Deulofeu 64'), Tello. 4-3-3.
Mallorca: Dudu Aouate; Hutton, Nunes, Bigas, Kevin; Tissone, Tomás Pina (Javi Márquez 70'); Nsue (Martí 46'), Alfaro, Giovani Dos Santos; Hemed (Arizmendi 46'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 20. Fàbregas. Ran on to return Alexis pass and steered shot wide of Aouate.
2-0. 22. Alexis. Turned ball back in to net after keeper pushed out Fàbregas shot.
3-0. 37. Fàbregas. Fired shot wide of Aouate after connecting with Alexis centre.
4-0. 38. Alexis. Controlled Fàbregas pass and poked shot past advancing keeper.
5-0. 46. Fàbregas. Picked up Iniesta pass and turned past defender to score.

Yellow cards: Alfaro 63', Alexis 74'.

Leaders Barcelona were missing Messi for the first time this season after he picked up an injury in the midweek Champions League game against Paris Saint Germain, but even so they ran out 5-0 winners over Mallorca in the last match on Saturday. Cesc Fàbregas was given the "false striker" role in Messi's absence, and he took full advantage, helping himself to three goals and setting up two more for Alexis. By half time they were already four up, Fàbregas scoring the first and the third, also with assists from Alexis, and the ex Arsenal midfielder completing his hat-trick after picking up a pass from Iniesta just a minute after the restart. The visitors felt they should have had a penalty when Thiago handled in the area, and Nsue, Alfaro and Giovani went close, but otherwise they were outclassed, and they ended the day down at the bottom of the table. With the game won Tito Vilanova rested players for the return leg of the Champions League, bringing on Giovani's brother Jonathan, rising star Deulofeu, and then Eric Abidal, who was given a standing ovation by the crowd after making a first appearance since his liver transplant a year ago. A festival atmosphere in the Nou Camp, but Vilanova knows that next Wednesday's match will not be as easy as this one.