Barcelona fans thank two heavily criticised players for Mallorca win

Barcelona fans thank two heavily criticised players for Mallorca win

 

Supporters of Spanish giants FC Barcelona have flooded to social media on Sunday evening, to single two members of the club’s squad out for special praise.

De Jong the difference

Xavi and co. of course marked their return to action a short time ago.

In the club’s first outing of the new year, the heavily-depleted Blaugrana made the trip to Son Moix, desperate for all three points amid their efforts to keep pace with the European contenders in La Liga.

And, when all was said and done, secure a timely victory is precisely what Barca managed.

A hard-fought 90 minutes, in the end, was decided by a solitary goal, netted on the stroke of the interval.

After striking not only the post, but also the crossbar in quick succession, the oft-maligned Luuk de Jong was finally rewarded for his persistence in nodding home Oscar Mingueza’s deep delivery to the back post:

‘Masterclass’

Whilst de Jong, in turn, has since been deservedly singled out for praise for his match-winning efforts, it is another pair of Barcelona stars who have in fact come in for, by some distance, the most widespread adulation on the part of the Blaugrana faithful on Sunday night.

The players in question? Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Both Pique and ter Stegen shone bright across the 90 minutes this evening, with a last-gasp save on the part of the latter having essentially proven the difference between the visitors returning to Catalunya with all three points, rather than just one:

As a result, the pair, heavily criticised across the campaign to date, have this evening been widely hailed, with just some of the highlights from across social media showcased below:

 

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