Stepped off his line to make two vital one-on-one saves in the opening stages, but was sold short by Camacho for the opener. Despite conceding three times, he still had a decent game.
Allowed Messi in behind him a few times, but made up for it with some crucial interceptions and off the ball work that helped to keep the score down.
Far too often, when he squared up one-on-one with his marker, he came off second best. This seemed to rattle him, as his decision making became increasingly erratic as the match progressed.
Very strong in the air and in the tackle, but on a few instances when Barca were in full flow, he was caught lacking a tad for pace, and struggled to keep up.
Time and time again, he afforded his man too much time and space. His positioning bordered on the absurd at times.
Generally stuck to his defensive task, and stood his ground positionally, but found Iniesta difficult to track when the diminutive Barca man decided to cut inside.
Mature and disciplined in midfield and put in a shift defensively when needed, while facilitating his team-mates' adequately with his passing.
The midfield prodigy was not quite able to make his presence felt, as he was usually harried off the ball by the likes of Busquets before he could make a decision as to what to do with it. Barcelona targeted and marshalled him well.
The most inventive and enthusiastic presence in attack for Malaga. When his route down the flank was blocked, he showed no hesitation in cutting in towards goal to cause problems. The only blot on his display was that he tried to do a little too much at times when on the ball.
Undid a lot of good work by his side with a shocking back pass that picked out Messi in front of Caballero for the opening goal of the game. Tried hard thereafter, but that mistake really took a lot out of his team.
R. Santa Cruz
With his side exerting most of their energy in keeping Barca at bay, the Paraguayan was forced to feed on scraps and punts forward, and as a result appeared very isolated from the game.
Malaga rarely seriously tested him, but he did what he had to do with little fuss.
Did a good job defensively by nullifying the threat of Joaquin, and was an important cog in Barca’s endeavours in the attacking third, with his usual drive on and off the ball.
Pulled of a few successful tackles, but a more than once he left the Malaga wide player on his flank with a little too much space, though his recovery was usually spot on.
Marshalled the defence with distinction for the Catalans, playing the ball with his customary sense of composure, while showing little fear to step out to the flanks to mop up danger when needed.
Malaga's initial pressure in midfield forced him to play a little safer than he would have liked, but as the game wore on his influence grew. He was able to toy with the opposition midfielders as the game wore on, and left them chasing shadows with his excellent distribution.
A huge part in the result for the Catalans, as his work in defence stopped Malaga in their tracks time and time again. He always appeared in the thick of the action, and showed no hesitation at all to put his foot in and make a crucial tackle.
Generally solid in his duties, but careless to give away a late free kick that Malaga converted to wreck his side’s chances of a clean sheet.
Buzzed around to find space in the attacking third excellently, and was a nightmare to pick up for the Malaga defence.
Malaga could do little to stop him cutting in off the flanks and wreaking absolute havoc in the attacking third. Iniesta's quick feet and vision were, as always, a notch above and a step ahead of his opponents.
Though his movement was an asset as always, he simply did not display enough quality on the ball to really drive his team on in an attacking sense.
Simply outstanding once again. Opened the scoring with an opportunistic strike from a loose backpass to send Barca into half-time with the lead. Just as influential after the break, with a lovely clip to set up Fabregas’ goal, and a neat one-two with Thiago to assist the third.
Added little in attack after coming on, losing possession of the ball multiple times.
Added a consolation goal for his side with an admirable free kick at the death to make it 3-1. It was he who won the set piece in the first place, as his movement and speed was difficult to track.
Gave his side some much needed bite and tenacity in midfield, helping to stem the Barca tide somewhat.