Mallorca had no answer to Alvarez’s dancing feet in a 2-0 defeat. | R.D.
Real Mallorca’s wretched away form (only one win on the road in nine months) continued in Los Pajaritos stadium against Numancia on Sunday night when the home team won at a canter 2-0, their first home win since November. Ex-Mallorca player, 34-year-old, twinkle-toed Julio Alvarez did the damage, scoring from a dubious 18th minute penalty and a brilliantly executed free kick in the 68th minute. To make matters worse for Mallorca, besides spending 90 minutes running around like headless chickens, Michael Pereira broke his cheek bone in the first half. He carried on valiantly until half time to be replaced by Diogo Salomao. Playing through the pain barrier, Pereira showed he had more balls than the Chinese ping-pong team and spent the night under observation in a Soria clinic before returning to Palma today.