Reus players celebrate their late winner, while Mallorca's Joan Oriol can't believe what's happened. | Miquel A. Borras
Real Mallorca, playing their first opening game at home for four years, were embarrassed by Reus from Catalonia (a modest pub team) 1-0 on a sweltering Saturday night. It was the visitors' first venture into the giddy heights of the Spanish second division (now rebranded as La Liga 123) since their foundation 107 years ago. Their players, according to reports on Saturday morning, were not of the same standard as us. After this result, we haven't won our opening fixture since relegation in 2013/14. The scapegoat for our defeat is coach Fernando Vazquez and his incomprehensible negative tactics, and he's been given a rollocking in the local media. Players started out of position, some looked completely lost. Pre-season should be the time for tactical experiments, not an important league game in front of your own fickle supporters. The Reus goalkeeper (modelling the latest in white onesies), Edgar Badia, didn't have a serious shot to save in 93 minutes. Is that terrible or what ?