PALMA, December 21 (Primera Liga) - Dutchmen came to the rescue of Barcelona's Dutch coach Louis van Gaal tonight as the Catalans finally won a game in La Liga.
Van Gaal, it was widely believed, would be sacked if his side failed to win with ex-Boca Juniors coach Carlos Bianchi waiting in the wings.
Last Sunday's 3-0 defeat at home to Sevilla was their fourth in five league games and had left Barca 13th in the table - 16 points behind leaders Real Sociedad.
But Patrick Kluivert scored a hat-trick and Marc Overmars added a fourth as Van Gaal and Barcelona celebrated a rare victory on the domestic scene.
Any hopes that Mallorca, who were as high as second place in the league not long ago, had of burying Barcelona were lost in two moments of madness midway through the first half by Alvaro Novo and Samuel Eto`o.
Both received red cards, Novo for an innocuous swing of his elbow in an off-the-ball incident with Thiago Motta in the 23rd minute, and Eto`o nine minutes later for his challenge from behind on Motta.
In between the two sendings-off, Kluivert headed the Catalans into the lead.
Motta's cross flicked off the head of Federico Lussenhoff perfectly for Kluivert to nod home.
The second Barca goal came before half-time as Overmars sprinted away on the counter attack with plenty of space ahead of him.
As Lussenhoff came across to block his shot, the ball took a deflection off the defender and wrong-footed Leo Franco.
It was unfortunate for the defender who moments earlier had stopped Kluivert in his tracks when he was almost through on goal.
It took only four minutes for Barca to grab another goal and it was the inspired Kluivert who created the goal for himself with a great piece of individual play.
The Dutchman turned past veteran Miguel Angel Nadal and slotted home with his left foot.
Kluivert produced another impressive piece of skill for his hat-trick goal, as he controlled Gaizka Mendieta's lobbed pass from over his shoulder and flicked the ball with his right foot behind his left leg and it trickled into the Mallorca goal.
After the fourth goal, the game faded and both teams were merely playing out for the result, with Barca camped in Mallorca's half.
For the most part it was a case of maintaining possession but they did create a series of half chances.
Second-half substitute Fabio Rochemback had four long-range shots, none of which overly troubled the bewildered Leo Franco.
Naturally Mallorca found it extremely difficult to maintain possession, and posed no real attacking threat.
Barcelona's goalkeeper, Argentine Roberto Bonano, was merely a spectator for most of the game.
The Son Moix faithful were not impressed by the referee's actions but it was their ill-disciplined duo who were to blame for losing their heads.
Joan Gaspart, the Barcelona president who has also been under immense pressure since the Sevilla defeat, was notable by his absence.
This result, no doubt, will have left him with much to ponder in the coming days.