After the 2-2 draw against Zaragoza, coach Vazquez's future at Mallorca seems uncertain.

05-11-2016Miquel Àngel Borràs

Real Mallorca came from behind twice to rescue a point with Zaragoza on Saturday night in a crazy game of football. The 8,000 crowd certainly got their money's worth.

There were three major talking points in the bar after the game as we all took shelter from the rain: (1) a terrible goalkeeping error from Santamaria; (2) what looked like a bad injury to full back Campabadel; and (3) the totally incomprehensible substitution of Lago Junior by our coach Fernando Vazquez in the 67th minute, a decision that made everyone in the Son Moix rise to their feet in anger and disbelief. The coach has faced a welter of criticism in the local press.

In the 37th minute Mallorca almost took the lead. Somehow Raillo couldn't quite force the ball over the line as Zaragoza keeper Raton kept his effort out with his feet. From the ensuing clearance the ball reached Juan Muñoz two metres inside his own half. He controlled the ball on his chest, swivelled round and hit a speculative shot which saw our goalkeeper Roberto Santamaria standing well outside his penalty area. The ball sailed over the keeper's head and went in, a spectacular goal and a contender for the best of the weekend. It was a superb piece of opportunism from the Zaragoza striker.

Controversial goalkeepers are nothing new but never has a Real Mallorca goalkeeper in my memory (watching them for over 30 years) made such a diabolical mistake. Every time Santamaria plays, he spends more time near the centre circle than in his own penalty box. Indeed after Munoz scored, he came out of his 18-yard box again, although I hasten to add he didn't do it in the second half. Santamaria is so erratic (he's another goalkeeper who prefers to use his feet over his hands) that he allowed a harmless looking chip to go over his head and into an empty net.

Seven minutes later and Mallorca were level. Biel Company, who had come on for a stretchered-off Campabadal, went on a lung-busting run deep into the visitors' half, his cross went to Culio and he rifled a left foot shot past Raton. Then came the game's most controversial moment. Vazquez at last decided to bring on Lekic up front but nobody expected to see Lago Junior coming off. He put in a magnificent shift and looked our best player. When Lago's number 17 went up on the fourth official's board, the crowd went into a fury frenzy. By all means bring on Lekic but other players who were having average games deserved to go off more than Lago; it was an outrageous decision. When the substitution was shown, I turned to look at the reaction in the directors' box; general manager Maheta Molango had his head in his hands.

In the 69th minute a half-hit shot from Zaragoza's Jose Enrique hit two Mallorca players on its way in wrong-footing Santamaria. With 15 minutes left, Moutinho put over a free kick and Lekic rose above everybody to head in our second equaliser.

Zaragoza then pulled nine men back in defence and the game finished level.

Summing up : There's now a total divorce between our coach and the fans after Saturday night's draw. The crowd turned ugly towards him during the Lago substitution and Vazquez commented: “I don't mind being whistled at; it bothers me but doesn't affect my work. But I would like to play in a different type of environment. I respect other people's opinions but the team deserves another environment in the stadium. I trust and believe that the team has the capacity to get up the league.”

Now comes the unbelievable bit - Vazquez defended Santamaria, saying: “He's not responsible. He was obliged to position himself very high. It was a brilliant strike from Muñoz and he who blames Roberto is mistaken.” What an unbelievable statement to make. Vazquez, in my opinion, is now on borrowed time. Especially when after the game he called the Mallorca fans “difficult.”

A big shout out goes to Hector Yuste who made two amazing goal-saving interventions towards the end. If only we could solve our attacking options. Our defence looked solid on Saturday but in the final third we were poor. After the final whistle blew, the Zaragoza players went over to their travelling supporters - all eight of them - to say thanks for coming.

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