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Barcelona’s Rising Star Lights Up Mallorca Clash

Lamine Yamal celebrating his goal agaisnt Real Mallorca / Getty Images
Lamine Yamal celebrating his goal against Real Mallorca / Getty Images

Match review for Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Real Mallorca.

Barcelona didn’t deliver their best performance against Mallorca on Friday, but they managed to secure three points thanks to a remarkable goal from a sixteen-year-old talent.

Lamine Yamal showcased his skills throughout the match, culminating in a superb goal with about fifteen minutes left on the clock. This victory not only puts pressure on Real Madrid and Girona but also boosts morale ahead of the crucial Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday. Before Yamal’s goal, the game lacked excitement, aside from a missed penalty in the first half.

Initially, Barcelona’s appeal for the penalty was denied but was later approved after a VAR review confirmed foul play against Raphinha. Despite Ilkay Gündoğan stepping up to take the penalty, Mallorca’s goalkeeper, Predrag Rajkovic, anticipated his move and made a crucial save. Furthermore, Raphinha was forced to leave the game due to injury. Barcelona seemed to lack urgency, but as the match progressed, their pressure intensified.

Yamal, in particular, stood out as a key player. He came close to scoring earlier in the game, but Rajkovic’s save denied him. However, he found the back of the net brilliantly in the 73rd minute, receiving a pass from Lewandowski and skillfully curling the ball into the goal.

The crowd at the Estadi Olimpic appreciated the beauty of Yamal’s goal, expressing their admiration for the young talent. Despite Mallorca’s efforts, Barcelona’s solid defense ensured that Ter Stegen, making his 400th appearance for the club, was not seriously tested, securing Barcelona’s position in second place on Friday night.