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Joy in Barcelona, dismay in Madrid
by Paul Kennedy, August 30th, 2010 12:44AM
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[SPAIN There was joy in Barcelona as Lionel Messi needed only four minutes to score his first goal of La Liga season on a sweet lob and send Barca, the defending champion, on its way to a 3-0 win at Racing Santander. But Real Madrid went scoreless in Jose Mourinho's debut as coach and had to a settle for a 0-0 tie at bankrupt Real Mallorca.

“We are a team in construction," said Mourinho, "I would like us to have had three points … but it’s not a dramatic situation. On a positive note, we conceded very few chances and had no problems at the back."

Mallorca keeper Dudu Aouate stopped Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain on three occasions, and Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to give the win for Real in the debut game for Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Canales and Ricardo Carvalho.

"I’m disappointed that with the number of chances we created we didn’t score," Mourinho added. "When you aren’t at your best you have to do two things, defend so your opponents don’t score, and take your chances. We deserved to win."

Playing in his Barcelona debut, David Villa joined Messi and Andres Iniesta in the scorebook at Racing Santander.

The game came after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sold to AC Milan, ending a one-year stint at the Camp Nou.



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