Real Mallorca’s man of the match Manolo Reina (L) makes a one-handed stop. | MIQUEL A. BORRAS
Real Mallorca missed the chance to go top of La Liga SmartBank on Sunday when they could only draw 0-0 against the best team we’ve played in Palma this season, fourth-placed Sporting Gijon. With Espanyol losing to Girona 1-2 on Friday night, Mallorca had a golden opportunity to put down a marker and show their league position is no flash in the pan.
Unfortunately things didn’t go according to coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s plan, as the visitors dominated the first half. As early as the 10th minute our goalkeeper Manolo Reina sprang into action in a move instigated by Sporting’s Aitor Garcia, a good footballer, fast with a lovely first touch. He was a thorn in Mallorca’s side all game, especially to right back Joan Sastre.