Mallorca's Raíllo in action during the defeat to Castellón. | LaLiga SmartBank

Castellón 1 - Real Mallorca 0

Mallorca, two points behind league leaders Espanyol, away to Castellón, fifth from bottom of LaLiga SmartBank. So, an opportunity to return to the top for Mallorca, with Espanyol not playing until Monday away to Almeria in third spot.

Midway through the first period, Castellón, who had not looked a threat until then, rocked Mallorca with a goal by Juanto Ortuño. The defence was at fault, especially full-back Joan Sastre, who failed to pick up Ortuño. Just prior the goal, Salva Sevilla had gone just wide for Mallorca.

Despite having been the better side, Mallorca went into the break one-nil down. Coach Luis García Plaza didn't wait long before shaking things up in the second half - Gámez, Cufré and Cardona coming on for Sastre, Oliván and Mollejo on 56 minutes. Castellón's British-Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Whalley saved well from another Sevilla effort, and immediately afterwards (in the 69th minute) there were two more replacements for Mallorca - Mboula and Febas for Murilo and Galarreta.

Aleix Febas was immediately involved and put in Dani Rodríguez for a great chance that was missed on 72 minutes. Another opportunity for Mallorca went begging ten minutes later; Álvaro Giménez the culprit this time.

Seven minutes of added time couldn't help Mallorca, who had run up against a side with a sound defence that had one chance and took it.