Robert Lewandowski changed FC Barcelona's game. One touch of the ball was enough

Robert Lewandowski changed FC Barcelona's game.  One touch of the ball was enough

FC Barcelona started the match against Mallorca without Robert Lewandowski. Already in the first half, the Pride of Catalonia had a penalty kick, which Ilkay Guendogan missed. The Pole entered the pitch only in the second half of the game.

On Friday evening, FC Barcelona played their league match against Mallorca. Els Barralets are the revelation of the King's Cup, where they reached the final, where they will face Athletic Bilbao. The time of this match is related to the rematch of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League with Napoli. Let us recall that the Pride of Catalonia drew 1-1, with one of the goals scored by Robert Lewandowski.

Ilkay Guendogan missed a penalty kick

Therefore, Xavi decided to experiment with the Blaugrana starting eleven. Interestingly, there was no place in the squad for Robert Lewandowski, who – according to the coach's words at the press conference – is not untouchable. And his place was taken not by Vitor Roque, but by Marc Guiu. The talented 18-year-old was supported on the wings by Lamine Yamal and Raphinha, and the suspended striker was Joao Felix. This is not the only surprise in FC Barcelona's formation, because we could see Andreas Christensen in the midfield. Moreover, when it comes to juniors, we could see Pau Cubarsi in the center of defense.

FC Barcelona could have taken the lead already in the 24th minute. Ilkay Guendogan had a great opportunity to take the penalty after a foul on Raphinha. It is worth emphasizing that in this situation VAR had to intervene because the referee did not whistle the offense at the first moment. Probably if Robert Lewandowski had been there, he would have approached this set piece and who knows, maybe he would have used it.

Ten minutes later, Joao Felix made a great individual move. The Portuguese dribbled two Mallorca players and fired a sharp shot from distance. Unfortunately for him, the ball narrowly missed the outside of the post and left the field of play. We didn't see any goals in the first half.

Robert Lewandowski changed the fate of FC Barcelona

Xavi didn't make any changes during the break, so Robert Lewandowski was still on the bench. At the beginning of the second half, Mallorca's players had a great opportunity. However, the ball hit the crossbar. In the 58th minute, Lamine Yamal decided to take matters into his own hands. The FC Barcelona winger shot from the sixteenth meter, but the ball landed on the crossbar.

Robert Lewandowski was on the pitch in the 62nd minute. Ten minutes later, Yamal almost replicated the situation from the 58th minute. This time Robert Lewandowski played for him. The young Spaniard's shot was more accurate this time, and the ball fluttered into the net. Rajkovic had no chance and just looked the ball away. We didn't see any more goals in this match.

FC Barcelona 1-0 Mallorca

Goals: Yamal (72')


  • FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Kounde, Cubarsi, Inigo, Cancelo – Guendogan, Christensen – Yamal, Joao Felix, Raphinha – Marc Guiu.
  • Mallorca: Rajković – Giovanni, Raíllo, Nastasic, Copete, Lato – Samu, Darder, Morlanes – Muriqi, Larin

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