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Lopez's first goal earns draw for Barca


Lopez's first goal earns draw for Barca

Youngster Fermin Lopez rescued FC Barcelona a 2-2 draw at Real Mallorca on Tuesday (Sep 26) which extended his team's LaLiga lead, even though the champions dropped two points. Barca came from behind twice to secure a draw, Vedat Muriqi opening the scoring for the hosts early on, before Raphinha pulled them level. However, Abdon Prats sent Mallorca ahead again and 20-year-old Lopez levelled with a firm drive on his second appearance for the club. Girona and Real Madrid, second and third, face Villarreal and Las Palmas respectively on Wednesday.

LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona twice came from behind to earn a draw away at Mallorca and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

A mistake from Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen led to Mallorca's first goal as Vedat Muriqi converted from Antonio Sanchez's pass.

Former Leeds United forward Raphinha equalised but Mallorca retook the lead just before half time through Abdon. But Raphinha set up substitute Fermin Lopez, who scored to secure a point.

It was the 20-year-old Spanish midfielder's first competitive goal for the club and meant Barcelona have won five and drawn two of their opening seven LaLiga matches after beginning their Champions League campaign with a 5-0 win over Royal Antwerp last week.

Champions Barcelona will lose top spot on Wednesday if second-placed Girona win at Villarreal or if Real Madrid in third beat Las Palmas at home.

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