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Win over Mallorca sees Barça end three-match losing run at Camp Nou

The Catalan side defeated Mallorca on Sunday to snap a three-match losing run at Camp Nou in all competitions as they climbed to second in LaLiga behind champions Real Madrid.

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Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Jordi Alba after scoring the 2-0 during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca played at Camp Nou Stadium on May 01, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
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FC Barcelona defeated lowly Mallorca 2-1 on Sunday to snap a three-match losing run at Camp Nou in all competitions as they climbed to second in LaLiga behind champions Real Madrid.

With Madrid already having secured a record-extending 35th LaLiga title on Saturday, Barcelona made sure the disappointment of being out of the running for the top prize did not distract them from the job at hand.

Memphis Depay’s first-half strike calmed nerves at Camp Nou, where almost half the seats remained empty as fans disappointed with their team’s showing this season opted to stay away.

Captain Sergio Busquets extended their lead early in the second half from a rebound.

Mallorca defender Antonio Raillo took advantage of a lapse in Barça’s defense to fire home a consolation from close range in the 79th minute.

Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona
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Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona Eric AlonsoGetty

Xavi Hernandez’s team leapfrogged Sevilla to second in the standings. They are two points ahead of Julen Lopetegui’s side with 66 points. With four games left, champions Real Madrid hold an unassailable 15-point lead over Barça.