Didn't have too many saves to make but when called into action he was excellent. Distribution from the back was superb and continually acted as a makeshift sweeper. Denied Duda's long-range chip with a tip over the bar.
Great performance both offensively and defensively. Bailed Barcelona out twice with wonderful last-ditch tackles and also terrorized Angeleri with his swashbuckling runs down the left wing.
Took the pressure off Barcelona by netting the opened goal with a composed touch and finish at the back post. Was a constant threat from set-pieces and nearly grabbed a second only to be denied by the base of the woodwork.
Missed the overlapping runs of Antunes a few times but, for the most past, didn't have too much to deal with defensively. This allowed him to act as an extra winger down the right and get some decent deliveries into the box.
Was perhaps lucky to stay on the park after a two-footed challenge on Perez. Kept Pawlowski at bay easily after the Polish striker came on, as he allowed him no space and was always nibbling away at his feet.
Uncharacteristically gave the ball away a couple of times in the first half but ended up running the match from his deep position in midfield. Constantly opened up the play with pin-point passes out to the wings.
Got involved in the gritty side of the match and was involved in some strong challenges with Camacho and Tissone. Was always intercepting attempted passes forward and cutting up the play, before sweeping passes out to the wings.
A pretty quiet night for the former Arsenal man. Made some superb late runs into the box and forced Caballero into a great save with a volley from a tight angle, but wasn't involved in the action as much as he would have liked.
Switched between the left and right wings and caused trouble all across the frontline. Doubled Barcelona's tally in the second half with some quick feet to score into the far corner, and grabbed an assist a few minutes later.
Hit the ground running and almost gave Barca an early lead, only to be denied by the post. Gave Antunes a torrid time with his lightning quick dribbling and eventually got on the scoresheet with a close-range finish at the back post.
Was involved in everything productive for Barcelona and was instrumental in the second and third goals. Slid Pedro through with a neat pass and turned sharply and ran at the Malaga defence in the lead up to Alexis' strike.
Kept Barcelona from notching up a cricket score with a string of outstanding saves and commanded his area superbly. Was unlucky to be on the losing team and certainly frustrated Barca with his constant blocks.
Was caught ball-watching for the opening goal as he lost Pique, which allowed the Barca defender to take the ball down at the back post to score. Poor night was summed up when he accidentally kicked team-mate Angeleri.
Was guilty of rushing out of defence at times and giving away daft fouls. Shirked his positional responsibilities at times but was certainly brave in the tackle and but in some excellent blocks, including one off the line from Pedro
Showed some impressive attacking ambition down the left flank and was always available on the overlap. Got some teasing crosses into the box that weren't took advantage of by team-mates.
Made a good start to the match and forced Pedro inside rather than hitting the byline. However, did not deal with the overlapping runs of Alba at all well and regularly failed to spot the run in behind and into the box.
- 17 Duda
Took the pressure off his team-mates a few times with a few decent, penetrating runs out of the Malaga half, but more often than not found himself outnumbered in the middle of the park. Put a few impressive passes out to the wings.
Was employed behind Santa Cruz in an attempt to link up the play between midfield and attack, but didn't show much in terms of creativity. Also arguably lucky to avoid a red card after a string of poor challenges.
Looked to keep it simple on the rare occasions he managed to see possession in the middle of the park. Started the match well and was pressing his opposition midfielders, but ended up retreating far too deep to affect the play.
R. Santa Cruz
Only real moment of note in the match was a poor pass through the middle to Perez which proved to be an opportunity missed. Was taken off early on in the match due to injury.
- 26 Juanmi