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January 24, 2013 9:00 PM GMT
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 27099‎
 
12′ Joaquín
Pedro 8′
Piqué 49′
 
 
Lionel Messi 80′

Malaga-Barcelona Preview: The Blaugrana hope to bounce back after two games without a win

Both sides will have an eye on a potential last-four meeting with Real Madrid, with the home team on the front foot going into this second leg having scored twice at Camp Nou

By Charlie Scott

Lionel Messi - Málaga v FC Barcelona
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


MALAGA


Kameni
Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Gamez
Toulalan, Camacho
Joaquin, Isco, Eliseu
Santa Cruz


BARCELONA

Pinto
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta


Barcelona and Malaga complete a trio of matches against each other when they play the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at La Rosaleda on Thursday evening. Manuel Pellegrini's side currently hold an advantage on away goals in this cup clash after drawing 2-2 at Camp Nou in the first leg last week.

The visitors will be without their coach Tito Vilanova as he receives more medical treatment in New York, but can call on all of their 25-man squad after Isaac Cuenca was given the green light to return to competitive action after a long period out with a knee injury.

After drawing against Malaga in the first leg of this fixture last week, the Blaugrana went on to surrender a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday which marked their first loss in the league this campaign.

Malaga, meanwhile, followed up on their impressive performance at Camp Nou with a 1-1 draw in the Liga at home to Celta Vigo.

The Andalusian side will be without Nacho Monreal after he was sent off in the first leg for a foul on Pedro. However, having exceeded expectations with a weakened side to draw 2-2 last week, it is likely that Pellegrini will recall the likes of Isco, Joaquin, Welligton and Martin Demichelis.

New loan signings Lucas Piazon from Chelsea and Diego Lugano from Paris Saint-Germain may also be included in Malaga's squad.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • A late equaliser from Ignacio Camacho in the first leg secured Malaga an away-goal advantage going into this game, with Manuel Iturra scoring their other goal. Lionel Messi and Carlos Puyol were on the scoresheet for Barcelona in that 2-2 draw.
  • Malaga have won just once so far in 2013, when they beat Eibar 4-1 on January 8 in the previous round of the Copa del Rey.
  • Diego Buanonotte has enjoyed a prolific start to the calendar year in front of goal for Pellegrini's side, having scored a fine free kick against Barcelona during their 3-1 loss on January 13 and netting twice in that 4-1 victory over Eibar.
  • The Blaugrana are the current reigning champions in the Copa del Rey, after they defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final of last season's competition.
  • Cesc Fabregas (pictured right) has not lost any of the 11 Spanish cup games he has played for Barcelona. In those games he has scored four and supplied seven assists.
  • Barcelona have so far conceded 35 goals in 33 games in all competitions this season, at an average of 1.06 per game, compared to 48 in 64 games last season at an average of 0.75 per game.


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1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
17JoaquínMidfielder
2Jesús GámezDefender
3WeligtonDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
6CamachoMidfielder
-Manuel IturraMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
30Javier SaviolaStriker
-Lucas PiazonStriker
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
27PortilloMidfielder
21Sergio SánchezDefender
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
18Jordi AlbaDefender
3PiquéDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
6XaviMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
7PedroStriker
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
21AdrianoDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
17Alex SongMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
9David VillaStriker
Probable Lineups
Carlos Kameni 1
Joaquín 17
Jesús Gámez 2
Weligton 3
Martín Demichelis 26
Eliseu 18
Camacho 6
Manuel Iturra 0
Duda 17
Sebastián Fernández Miglierina 21
Roque Santa Cruz 9
José Pinto Colorado 13
Javier Mascherano 14
Jordi Alba 18
Piqué 3
Daniel Alves 22
Xavi 6
Cesc Fàbregas 4
Busquets 16
Pedro 7
Andrés Iniesta Luján 8
Lionel Messi 10
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2