Real Mallorca suffered their first defeat since mid-November at the weekend after a poor display and some equally poor refereeing decisions. Two penalties, one red card and a disallowed goal mixed with some dirty and error-strewn football culminated in Mallorca losing 2-0 at the hands of Valladolid in their Nuevo José Zorrilla stadium. It was an embarrassing display by Mallorca, who were sorely missing striker Samuel Eto'o and winger Finidi George, both absent due to international duty. Coach Luis Aragones blamed the loss on a missed penalty by Albert Luque in the first ten minutes which set the tone for a match devoid of skill. Luque was awarded the penalty after being fouled by defender Heinze, an off-the-ball shoulder barge which would have looked more at home in Sunday's Super Bowl. A weakly hit and poorly placed penalty by the Spanish under-21 striker left Valladolid 'keeper Bizarri with no problem of saving. “We played a good first twenty minutes, but the penalty miss affected the team too much,” said Aragones. “Valladolid then controlled the next twenty minutes and took their chances.” Valladolid midfielder Fernando put the home side ahead on 22 minutes after some nice play by Fernando Sales, while Fernando struck again five minutes from the break, this time from the penalty spot, after Javier Olaizola was judged to have shoved Pachon in the area. A dubious decision. Despite Valladolid being reduced to ten men in the second half when Fernando Sales was sent off for a second yellow card, Mallorca could not break through a hard-working and solid defence. With ten minutes remaining Mallorca defender Miguel Nadal found the back of the net, but a ludicrous decision saw the goal disallowed for off-side. Television replays showed the former Spain international was well on-side.

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