The group Imanol Alguacil always controlled the actions and he had his great figure in Merino. The Navarrese provided the pass for the first goal and scored the second to sign victory number 12 for his team, the fifth as a visitor of the season.
The Majorca tried but was not wise in the final meters. The third loss in a row, fourth in his field, prevents him from moving away from the red zone of the table.
The txuri-urdin team tried to monopolize the possession of the ball, as Luis García Plaza had already warned – tonight in the stands due to suspension – and patiently sought the way to hurt the vermilion in the first few minutes without a clear dominator.
La Real could not impose their game and Mallorca, with Pedro Rostoll on the bench, tried with well-defined bands where Maffeo and Oliván deepened, but in both cases, without danger to some in both goals.
The Real faced the clash with eight casualties in their ranks, which forced Imanol Alguacil to line up Gorosabel, who had already played against Osasuna, and Jon Pacheco on the wings accompanying Le Normand and Ariz.
The Mallorca came out with two changes Compared to last matchday against Valencia -Amath and Oliván replaced Ángel and Costa- and he looked for the goal with the skill of the Japanese Take Kubo and the aerial power of the Kosovar Vedat Muriqi with his 1.94 meters height.
The Gipuzkoan team found a huge corridor in the 35th minute that they took advantage of perfectly Mikel Merino and David Silva; the navarro leaked an extraordinary pass and the Canarian, with his usual mastery, turned it into the first goal of the game and of his private account this season.
Mallorca was touched. Despite the fact that he reached the rival area well, with the speed of Take and Amath Ndiayé – Ángel’s substitute – he was unable to hit the last pass.
Kosovar Vedat Muriqi, well controlled, missed several passes. The duel of giants that he starred in with Alexander Sorloth, who is 1.95 meters tall, was favorable to the Norwegian in the first half.
The Mallorca came out determined to look for a tie after the restart. Kubo had it (min. 54), but he hit him defectively with Remiro fallen on the ground and unable to intervene.
Mikel Merino did not fail shortly after to score the second goal by taking advantage of a loose ball in the area, which as the match was going, seemed definitive.
It was a blow that ended up quelling the enthusiasm in the stands and the faith of the local players, who were able to concede a third goal, after the omnipresent Mikel Merino crashed a ball into the crossbar (min. 66).
La Real controlled the actions well in the final stretch and prevented Mallorca from getting into the game with a goal.
More placid triumph than expected for the San Sebastian, who recover a place in the Europa League and fully points to the Champions League. And a blow to the vermilion in their aspirations to get away from the relegation zone.
0 – Majorca: Sergio Rich; Maffeo (Gio González, min. 80), Valjent, Raíllo, Oliván; Take Kubo (Kang-in Lee, min. 70), Antonio Sánchez (Baba, min. 80), Salva Sevilla (Hoppe, min. 68), Dani Rodríguez; Amath (Llabrés, min. 67) and Muriqi.
2 – Royal Society: I recall; Gorosabel, Le Normand, Aritz (Alone, min. 70), Pacheco; Guevara (Zubimendi, min. 46), Gorosabel (Zubeldia, min. 80), Merino (Illarramendi, min. 85); Portu (Djouhra, min. 70), Sorloth and Oyarzabal.
goals: 0-1, min. 25: David Silva; 0-2, min. 61: Mikel Merino.
Referee: Melero López (Andalusian Committee). He admonished the visitors Mikel Merino (min. 51) and Remiro (min. 76).
Incidents: postponed match corresponding to matchday 21 of LaLiga Santander played at the Visit Mallorca Estadi in front of 11,550 spectators. It rained during some phases of the match.