Isaac Cuenca celebrates his first senior goal

Apart from yet another hat-trick from Messi, who leads the goal scoring ranking with 13 goals, the match against Mallorca also witnessed Isaac Cuenca score his first senior goal and Gerard Deulofeu’s first team debut.

Cuenca made the starting line-up for the second match in a row after playing his first game against Viktoria Plzen. The presence of home-grown players against Mallorca was fairly light – only 5 players. Iniesta, Cesc, Piqué, and Puyol were on the subs bench while Xavi, Fontas and Pedro all watched from the stands.

Cuenca takes his chance

Early in the second half, Cuenca received a great pass from Adriano, dribbled past Aouate in the Mallorca goal and scored his first senior goal in only his second appearance. Speaking to reporters after the match, Guardiola highlighted the part played by Cuenca: "Isaac played very well. Out on the wing he knows when he has to run and when he has to pass the ball. We’re very happy about the goal.”

Five-month wait for Deulofeu

It was a good night for the reserves. Shortly after Cuenca’s goal in the 63rd minute, the Barça fans were able to welcome Gerard Deulofeu on his first team debut. Coincidentally, Iniesta played his first senior game on the very same day as Deulofeu, 9 years ago against Club Bruges in the Champions League.

Fans may remember that Deulofeu was poised to making his first team breakthrough last season away to Real Sociedad but the injury to Milito made it impossible. Now, he has become the 19th Barça academy product to reach the first team in just three and a half years under Guardiola.

The Juvenil A squad, where Deulofeu played last season, heard the good news while returning by coach from their match in Zaragoza (1-3). Manager Oscar Garcia told us that Deulofeu’s former teammates applauded loudly on hearing the news on their way back home.

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