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January 30, 2006

Barcelona got a great victory over Mallorca

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Barcelona FC got a 3-0 victory over Mallorca on Sunday evening, thanks to a late brace from Argentine raising star Lionel Messi. He came on in the 73rd and scored twice.

This time wasn’t Ronaldinho but Messi the main attraction for Barcelona. He could have had a hat trick if he hadn't blasted a pass from Ludovic Giuly wastfully over the crossbar in the 78th minute.

But despite Messi, Barcelona were far from their best performance. Their first opportunity did not come until the 18th minute when Henrik Larsson saw an attempt at a lob go just over the crossbar.

Henrik Larsson was at it again two minutes later when Ronaldinho picked him out. Unfortunately for Barcelona, with the defender and the keeper beaten, Larsson's shot went woefully wide.

That was all Barcelona were good for except for a half chance for Deco in the 31st minute. Then in the 39th, the Portuguese player picked out Giuly, with a lovely ball over the defence. The Frenchman's first touch was excellent and he buried the ball in the back of the net.

Barcelona held on to their 1-0 advantage quite effortlessly for much of the second half. They did not put themselves to any unnecessary trouble until Messi came on with a little more than fifteen minutes to play.

With what was possibly his first touch of the game, the young Argentine picked up the ball just inside the area. A clever touch allowed him to lose his marker and send the ball into the far corner of the net.

In the 78th minute, Giuly scaped the offside trap and went one on one with the Mallorca keeper; Miguel Angel Moya. The Frenchman squared the ball to Messi and with the goal gaping open, he shot it over the crossbar.

Six minutes later though, Messi made up for his mistake with a wonderful goal. Ronaldinho slipped him the ball and Messi lobbed it over the oncoming keeper and into the back of the net.

After all, that was a comfortable victory for Barcelona, who extend their unbeaten run in the league to 18 matches. Mallorca, meanwhile are in the relegation zone.