Barcelona overcame the circumstances of their absences and returned victorious from the home ground of opponents Real Mallorca (1-0), Sunday in the 19th stage of La Liga.
The precious goal was signed by Dutch striker Luuk De Jong with a header in the 44th minute of the first half, taking advantage of a ball from Oscar Mingueza. German goalkeeper Andre Ter Stegen, who was named the best player of the game, also helped to maintain the three points, especially with a stunning response in the last minutes by blocking a ball from Naomi Costa on the goal line.
Xavi increased Barcelona’s tally of points to 31 points, in fifth place, achieving his eighth victory, to become one point behind the top four, with Atletico Madrid in fourth place with 32 points. Mallorca stopped at 20 points in 15th place.
Barcelona played the game amid many absences, which made coach Xavi Hernandez rely on trio Ilias Akhomach and Ferran Jutgla alongside Luuk De Jong. Xavi on Saturday requested that the match be postponed due to the absence of 17 players.