Barcelona moved to fifth in La Liga as they secured a routine 1-0 victory over RCD Mallorca at Visit Mallorca Estadi on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022.
Xavi could only name three first-team players on his bench for Barcelona, as a number of important regulars were missing through Covid as well as injury.
Barcelona were missing 17 players in total, including regulars Dani Alves, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Gavi and Serginho Dest.
But his young players, with an average age of 24 years and 201 days, managed to get the job done.
Dutchman Luuk De Jong got the winning goal for Barcelona at the end of the first half, as Oscar Mingueza’s whipped delivery towards the far post was headed in by the Dutchman from six-yards out.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen ensured Mallorca did not respond in stoppage-time with a spectacular and crucial stop from Jaume Costa to prevent the scores from being levelled in dramatic fashion.
Barcelona are now just one point off fourth placed Atletico Madrid, meanwhile Mallorca stay in 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Ahead of kick-off, former Mallorca and Barcelona star, the current Cameroon Football Federation president Samuel Eto’o made a guest appearance.
A mural of Eto’o was unveiled outside the Estadi de Son Moix and he was applauded by both sets of fans in the stadium.