The seventh round of the Spanish league began on Tuesday evening with Barcelona trying to widen the gap at the top over nearby Girona and Real Madrid, which lost the derby to Atlético. Earlier, Sevilla recovered from a bad start to the season with a 1-5 win over Almeria from the bottom of the table.
Sevilla vs Almeria 1
After a difficult season for the Europa League winners in the domestic framework, Sevilla were hoping to start the 2023/24 season in a better way than the current situation. The rapid decline that began with 3 league defeats and a loss to Manchester City in the European Super Cup, brought the Andalusians to the bottom of the Spanish league, until a narrow victory over Las Palmas and a draw in the previous round with Osasuna kept Sevilla above the red line. Fortunately for Sevilla, they met the only team without a win in the league tonight and exploded. Youssef En-Nesyri opened the scoring in the seventh minute with the first goal, Dudi Lukebakio doubled within a minute and Suso scored with a great kick before the break (38). Eric Lamela (51) completed the Andalusians' fourth, before Luis Suárez only chipped in (71) from the white spot and Kiké Salas (90+2) sealed the final score. Sevilla climbed to 11th place, Almeria still deep at the bottom of the table.
Open at the edge. Felix/GettyImages
Mallorca vs Barcelona 1:2 (2nd half)
Real Madrid's loss to Atletico in the Spanish capital derby left Barcelona at the top of the table, and even after visiting Mallorca, the champions will be hoping to open a gap over Girona, and certainly the Blancos. The hosts have one win this season, over a weakened Celta Vigo, and the last time they beat Barca was at the end of the 2008/9 season. The Catalans will come into the encounter on a 6-game winning streak, including an impressive turnaround against Celta Vigo, and with the Joao duo – Felix and Cancelo – in great form since signing for the club, they do not want to stop against a team from 16th place in the table. Frenkie de Jong, who is injured and could miss the Clasico with a month-and-a-half absence, joined Pedri, who is already injured and will not be available to Xavi of course.
Instead of the two midfielders, Oriol Romeo and Ilkay Gundogan were given places in the 11th with Robert Lewandowski on the bench. Ferran Torres, Raphinha and Joao Felix at the front of the table.
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Minute 8: Goal! Mallorca took a 0-1 lead! A mess in Barcelona's area gave Antonio Sanchez the chance to deliver wide to Ludat Morici who Makarov scored the hosts' important goal.
39th minute: Ferran Torres got a great deep pass from Gavi, but the Spanish striker was stopped by Predrag Rajkovic who prevented Barcelona from equalising.
Minute 41: Goal! Barcelona equalized 1:1! Raphinha took control of Mallorca's clearance from outside Rajkovic's area, passed two players and kicked a powerful flat ball into the Serbian goalkeeper's corner.
45th minute: Raphinha almost completed a pair of turnovers when he had a great chance on the breakaway, but his kick went over Rajkovic's frame.
45+2nd minute: Another Barcelona burst almost equalised when Raphinha and Joao Felix exchanged passes wide, the Portuguese kicking a ball past Mallorca's crossbar.
Minute 45+3: Goal! Mallorca went up 1-2! Rajkovic found Morici with a long ball, who with a touch rammed in Prats' direction and the striker with a simple kick kicked into Marc-Andre ter Stegen's net and restored the advantage to the hosts.
Great equality of Barcelona. Raphinha/Reuters
Restored the advantage to Mallorca before half-time. Prats/Reuters
55th minute: Felix unleashed a tremendous ball just outside the area, his kick only found Rajkovic's post.
Spanish League 2023/24
group Games Victories Even Losses Gates Points 1
6 5 1 0 6-16 16 2
6 5 1 0 7-16 16 3
6 5 0 1 6-11 15 4
6 4 1 1 4-11 13 5
6 3 1 2 6-9 10 6
5 3 1 1 5-13 10 7
6 3 1 2 9-7 10 8
6 2 3 1 10-12 9 9
6 2 2 2 8-6 8 10
6 2 2 2 11-6 8 11
6 2 1 3 11-8 7 12
6 2 1 3 9-11 7 13
6 2 1 3 8-7 7 14
6 2 1 3 11-9 7 15
6 2 0 4 9-5 6 16
6 1 2 3 4-2 5 17
6 1 2 3 10-7 5 18
6 1 1 4 10-6 4 19
6 1 0 5 17-9 3 20
7 0 2 5 18-8 2
The rest of the seventh round matches in Spain
Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe
Real Madrid vs Las Palmas
Villarreal vs Girona
Cadiz vs Rayo Vallecano
Valencia vs Real Sociedad
Celta Vigo vs Alaves
Granada vs Betis
Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid
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