Barca hit four against Mallorca in return to action
LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona returned to action after a three-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Real Mallorca on Saturday night
Madrid: LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona returned to action after a three-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Real Mallorca on Saturday night.
Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi scored the goals that extended Barca's lead at the top of the table to four points over Real Madrid, who entertain Eibar on Sunday.
Barca coach Quique Setien produced two surprises in his starting 11 with Ronald Araujo starting in central defense and Vidal in midfield, and it worked perfectly as Vidal opened the scoring in the second minute with a powerful header from an Alba cross.
The league leaders dominated for 15 minutes, before Takefusa Kubo produced a left foot shot that Marc-Andre ter Stegen needed to be at full stretch to keep out, and the Japanese winger later forced the Barca keeper into another good save with a powerful free kick, reports Xinhua news agency.
Barca weren't comfortable, but doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Braithwaite scored his first goal for the club with a smart finish after a ball from the left was flicked on by Messi.