La Liga: Barcelona Edge Mallorca In Top League, Atletico Dominate Sorry Sevilla

La Liga: Barcelona Edge Mallorca In Top League, Atletico Dominate Sorry Sevilla

Robert Lewandowski’s fatal end sent Barcelona provisionally top of La Liga with a tight 1-0 win at Real Mallorca on Saturday. Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet in the top flight and, with a fine strike from Lewandowski in the 20th minute, was enough to put Barcelona one point ahead of Real Madrid, which host Osasuna on Sunday. Earlier, Atletico Madrid scored a 2-0 win over Toothless Sevilla, adding pressure to Julen Lopetegui.

Goals from Marcos Llorente and lvaro Morata temporarily propelled Atlético to sixth place, while leaving the hosts in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.

In Mallorca, Xavi Hernandez’s side demonstrated that they were ironing the crease, which caused them a lot of problems last season, improving both defensively and attacking, with the relentless Lewandowski leading the charge.

The Barcelona coach earned a new home record of 18 consecutive league matches on the road without defeat, surpassing former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Ter Stegen, who has started this season in top form, reached 534 minutes in La Liga and beat his personal record of 500 minutes without counting.

At the other end, Lewandowski leads the scoring charts in Spain with nine goals in seven matches, after clinically curling in the bottom corner to break the deadlock against Mallorca.

“This win will help us get past some very difficult weeks,” Ter Stegen told Movistar.

“The record is not as important as the win. I am sure it will give me confidence. These wins put you in a good dynamism, these games mean a lot.

“They help us keep the pressure on Real Madrid.”

showing patience

Xavi deployed young left-back Alejandro Balde to the right side of his defense due to injuries from Ronald Araujo, Jules Condé and Hector Bellerin, and brought Anu Fati into the starting line-up.

It was the 19-year-old’s first start in La Liga since November 2021 after injury problems, and his burst contributed to Barcelona’s opening goal.

The winger, dropped from Luis Enrique’s most recent Spain squad and desperate to impress to receive a call-up for the World Cup, fed Lewandowski, who was cut inside and finished like few others. .

Mallorca should have leveled after 15 minutes but Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a brilliant save to deny Jaime Costa from close range.

Barcelona struggled to open more and the game was in danger of simmering with a flurry of bookings and Xavi’s assistant and brother, Oscar Hernández, was issued a red card for apparent dissent.

Kang-in Lee sent a shot from wide to the far post as Mallorca tried to hit Barcelona over the counter.

Barcelona may have conceded defeat last season, but Xavi’s side is beginning to prove its mettle.

“Generally we did very well, we restricted them to just two chances, Ter Stegen made a great save and Lewandowski scored a great goal,” Xavi said.

“(However) it would be bad to limit it. We defended very well. They are the players who make the difference, but I would say the team competed well.”

With only one win in Ramón Sánchez-Pizzajuan and seven league games, Sevilla supporters mocked his own side.

Sevilla coach Lopetegui said he will focus on things he can control, amid speculation the club is contemplating his future.

“I am focused on what is happening to me, these are the internal conditions for football,” Lopetegui said.

“The situation is not what we wanted. I am sure the team will change it. I am sad today, being weak is something else.”

Atletico dominated, with Morata missing two big chances and Llorente drilling into the far corner just beyond Bono’s reach in the 29th minute.

After a mistake from Jose Carmona, Morata doubled the lead before the hour mark, neatly taking home a place.

Only an impressive save from Bono prevented Cunha and Antoine Griezmann from adding to Atletico’s lead as he responded to his critics following a derby defeat by Real Madrid.


“The team was a team again, we all worked together,” Atletico coach Simeone told DAZN.

Earlier, sixth-year-old Villarreal could not find a way to beat Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma in a 0-0 draw, while Real Valladolid won 3-2 at Getafe.

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