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June 1, 2013
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
• Attendance: 65727
David Villa 3'
Martín Montoya 16'
P. Morales 56'
Full time in Camp Nou! Barcelona bookend their season with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Malaga. David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Martin Montoya, and Andres Iniesta were all on target as the Spanish Primera Division champions reached a record number of league win, points and goals. Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga swansong did not go to plan, but he goes on to pastures new! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! I'm Martin Macdonald, see you next time!
Poor finish again from Alexis!! The ball comes to the substitute at the back post, but his strike towards the back post is once again easily saves by Caballero.
PEDRO!!! POOR FINISH IN THE END! Barca breach the Malaga defence and the 25-year-old bursts through the middle, but Caballero makes an easy save!!!
Absolutely everyone inside this stadium, apart from the Malaga contingent, wants Eric Abidal to grab a goal here! The Frenchman burst into the box and the crowd got out of their seats in expectation, but the visitors just manages to clear out of the box.
There's a bit of a party atmosphere in Camp Nou now! There's a cheer of 'Campeones!, Campeones!' sounding out in the stadium!
ALEXIS SANCHEZ!!! That's a poor miss! Pedro slides a nice pass out to the left and the Chilean cuts inside before attempting to curl the ball into the top bag, but the attempt goes wayward! That was a chance there!
Great save from Pinto!! Malaga whip a corner kick to the back post and the ball falls to Julio Batista, who hits a scruffy shot towards the top corner! The Barca 'keeper shows terrific reflexes to beat the ball out to the left!
And we may have seen the last of David Villa too! Spain's record goalscorer has been widely tipped for a move away from Catalunya this summer, and he's played his last action of this campaign. Alexis Sanchez is his replacement.
The sentimental moment of the evening has arrived. Eric Abidal comes on for his last ever Barcelona appearance and receives a round of applause from his team-mates and the Camp Nou faithful. Gerard Pique is the man to come off.
Great defending from Mascherano. A poor clearance from Pinto is intercepted by Isco who looks to drive into the box, but the 21-year-old is thwarted by the Argentine, who sees the ball out for a goal kick.
Terrific tracking back from Villa! Jesus Gamez runs on the overlap down the right-hand side and looks to pick out Baptista at the back post, but the former Valencia man had made up the ground to block the cross out for a corner. He receives a warm round of applause from his fans.
Second change of the match from Manuel Pellegrini. Joaquin is the man replaced, with Sebastian Fernandez coming on.
Nearly a calamity at the back for Malaga! Alba flashes a ball into the box and Weligton intercepts the cross! The ball looks to be looking over Caballero but it goes just over the bar!
Good defending from Weligton. Villa picks up the ball on the edge of the box and looks to thread a pass through the middle for Fabregas, but the Malaga captain does well to shield the ball through to the hands of Caballero.
PEDRO MORALES!! UNLUCKY!! Malaga's best move of the match results in the substitute taking the ball in superbly inside the box and rifling a left-footed shot at goal, but the attempt goes just wide!! Pinto was certainly scrambling across goal!
Unlucky Villa!! The Spaniard gets beyond Caballero in the Malaga box bit takes the ball a bit too wide! He looks to get the ball back into the area but Lugano recovers well to clear up the park.
Joaquin skips past Busquets and looks to take on Alba down the right, but the Barca left-back shows pace and strength to win the ball back for the hosts. Decent play from Malaga, though.
That goal from Pedro has given Malaga a slight ray of hope here. It may be 4-1 to Barca, but the Catalan side are always susceptible to conceding at the back.
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR MALAGA!! WHAT.A.STRIKE!! Jesus Gamez clips a cross to the front post and Pedro Morales lashes a brilliant volley into the top right corner! Pinto had no chance!! 4-1!!
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andres Iniesta takes his bow for the season as the World Cup winner is replaced by Thiago Alcantara. The former receives a sterling reception from the Camp Nou crowd as he comes off.
ISCOOOOO!!! INCHES WIDE!! The 21-year-old takes two fabulous touches on the edge of the box before reversing a wicked shot towards the back post, but his attempt goes the wrong side of the post!! Unlucky!
PEDRO MORALES!!! The half time substitute goes through on goal almost straight from the kick-off but his eventual strike trickles into he hands of the oncoming Pinto! That was a definite chance!
GoalAndrés Iniesta Luján
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! That's their record tally for La Liga goals in a season!! 115 goals!! Iniesta picks up the ball 25 yards from goal and whips a sensational strike into the far right corner! Fantastic! No way back for Malaga!
Alba is once again involved as the former Valencia man gallops down the wing. He looks to exchange a one-two with Iniesta on the edge of the box but the linesman puts up the flag for offside! That was marginal!
Alba bursts down the left-hand side and looks to whip a cross to the front post, but Jesus Gamez is on hand to block the pass inside. Corner kick to Barca.
Roque Santa Cruz
We are back under way at Camp Nou!
Half time in Camp Nou. Early strikes from David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, and a cracking strike from Martin Montoya seals a comfortable 3-0 lead for Barcelona at the break. No sign at all of Malaga getting back into this! Join us in 15 minutes for the second period!
Malaga are sixes and sevens at the back here! Pedro chest the ball down inside the box and looks to turn and get a strike away. The ball is taken too wide and the cross into the box is claimed by Caballero.
Barcelona press ahead and David Villa looks to flick a ball round the corner for the oncoming Pedro, but Lugano does well to intercept the ball and move the ball up the park for Malaga.
The game has turned into a bit of a midfield scrap at the moment. The early excitement of the Barca goals has waned significantly.
Pinto must be quite bored between the Barca sticks out there. I don't think he's even had to make a save yet!
Baptista looks to latch on to a loose ball on the edge of the Barca box, but Mascherano does well to clean up the danger. Malaga have committed quite a few men forward and the hosts are looking to counterattack!
Just as I say that, Barca put together a superb move. Fabregas eventually gets in behind the Malaga defence and looks to hit a cross along the six yard box, but Weligton turns the ball behind for a corner.
Barca have just dropped the pace a little in the last few minutes. The early lead has put them in such a comfortable position, only winner at the moment.
JULIO BAPTISTA!! Really important touch from Pique there!! The Brazilian jinks into the Barca box and and smashes a strike towards the bottom corner, but the former Manchester United defender manages to stick out a leg to divert the strike out for a corner! Much better from Malaga!
Pellergini's men have been an attacking non-entity so far. Pique and Mascherano have barely broke a sweat at the back.
A nice little period of possession for Malaga at the moment. Lugano and Weligton look a lot more comfortable in possession at the back, but the team as a whole need to increase the pressure on Barca.
Small penalty shout from Barca. Fabregas looks to break into the Malaga box but is stopped in his tracks by the arm of Eliseu! There didn't look too much in it, and the ref rightfully waves play on.
Iniesta has been imperious so far. To be fair, he hasn't been pressed particularly aggressively, but he's certainly made the most of the possession he's had.
Great save from Caballero!! A deflected shot looks destined for the bottom corner, but the Malaga 'keeper stretches out a hand to turn it round the post! That was almost 4-0!
Malaga look pretty fatigued out there. With the mood Barca is in, they better shake it off, and soon!
Manuel Pellegrini looks furious on the Malaga touchline! This wasn't the start he wanted for his last game in charge of Los Boquerones!
GOOOOOOAAAAAAL!! GOOOOAAAAL!! GOOOOOAAAAAL!!! What a strike from Martin Montoya!! A corner kick is curled into the Malaga box and the ball breaks to the 22-year-old 25 yards out, who lashes a cracker of a volley into the bottom left corner!
AssistAndrés Iniesta Luján
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Malaga are sinking without a trace!! Fabregas exchanges a lovely one-two with Iniesta on the edge of the box before drifting past Weligton and smashing it home past Caballero!! 2-0!
Malaga just have not got out of the blocks whatsoever so far. The possession, perhaps predictably, has been all in Barca's hands.
Pinto goes on a customary mini-dribble inside the box, much to the dismay of the Camp Nou crowd. You get the feeling the Barca keeper has always wanted to be an outfield player!
Very much a subdued atmosphere in the Camp Nou stands at the moment. Let's hope it picks up as the match goes on, the fans will obviously be wanting a win to bookend the season.
Great play from Barca!! Xavi fizzes a ball into the path Pedro who flicks the ball down the line for Montoya, and the right-back whips a cross into the box which eventually falls into the hands of Caballero. Superb build-up play!
Barca have started the match at a decent tempo. However, both sides won't be able to sustain a big period of intense play as it's absolutely sweltering out there!
That is David Villa's 16th goal of the season for Barcelona. Will it be his last for the Catalan side?
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! The Catalans don't waste any time!!! Iniesta curls a sensational pass through the middle of the Malaga defence and Pedro cushions the ball into the path of Villa. The former Valencia man slots into the empty net to make it 1-0!
We are under way at Camp Nou! Barcelona are going for their record points and record goals tally in La Liga!
The players have took to the field now, almost time for kick-off!
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There will also be a certain sentimental value to the clash tonight. Pellegrini is taking charge of his last match for Malaga, and it is likely the last time we will ever see David Villa or Eric Abidal wear the Barcelona shirt. End of an era indeed!
This game is not without consequence folks. Barcelona are hoping to reach a mammoth tally of 100 La Liga points for the season, and Malaga are still hoping to clinch a Europa League spot, but only if UEFA overturn the European ban for Los Boquerones.
So no Victor Valdes in goal for Barcelona. We can pretty much assume that he is off to Monaco then, shall we?
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Willy; Gamez, Weligton, Lugano, Eliseu; Toulalan, Camacho; Joaquin, Isco, Baptista; Santa Cruz.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Fabregas, Villa.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action this evening!
This will, ofcourse, be the Chilean's last ever game in charge of Malaga before he moves to pastures new. Manchester City will certainly be getting an extremely talented manager next year!
Sadly it is the last fixtures of the season in La Liga, but champions Barcelona will be wanting to end the season on a high as they welcome Manuel Pellegrini's men to Catalunya.
Good evening folks, welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou!
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