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2 vs 2
Played
January 16, 2013 3:30 PM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 55151‎
 
Top of the Match
Manuel Iturra
Manuel Iturra
Malaga
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona

Barcelona 2-2 Malaga: Ten-man visitors snatch dramatic leveler to stun Camp Nou

Camacho sent the Camp Nou into silence with an 89th minute equalizer to give the Andalusian outfit a slender advantage in the Copa Del Rey quarterfinal tie

By Keeghann Sinanan

Andrés Iniesta, Carlos Kameni - FC Barcelona v Málaga
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Barcelona was pegged back late on by Malaga, and was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey quarterfinal clash at Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana were unable to add to their 3-1 Liga victory over the Andalusians at the weekend, and were handed a shock after 26 minutes when a defensive mistake gifted Manuel Iturra the opener.

However, Malaga did not hold onto the lead for long, and a pair of quickfire goals from Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol either side of the half-hour mark put Barca back in front.

Substitute Nacho Monreal was sent off with a quarter of an hour remaining, but on the brink of injury time, Ignacio Camacho struck to stun Camp Nou and leave the visitors with the advantage for the second leg at La Rosaleda in eight days.

Both managers opted to rotate their lineups, with 15 changes made from the 22 players that started the Liga clash on Sunday. Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya were among those given a chance to impress for Barca, while Malaga dropped Isco and Martin Demichelis to the bench.

The Blaugrana started brightly, and could have taken the lead as early as the sixth minute, but Sanchez fired over from yards out after some great build-up play from Messi and Tello.

Barca’s early dominance was such that it seemed only a matter of time before it made the breakthrough, but instead, a lapse at the back saw Malaga take the lead.

Thiago Alcantara was the culprit, as his hesitancy in possession on the edge of his own area allowed Iturra to rob the ball and slot into the bottom corner.

But the visitors’ lead would barely last three minutes, as Barca drew level thanks to a moment of brilliance from a familiar source. Messi showed great determination to win the ball off Weligton, and wasted little time in running through to bend home the equalizer.

And within seconds of the restart, the Catalans stormed ahead, when Thiago’s corner was headed home into the far corner with great purpose by Puyol.

It could have been 3-1 shortly before halftime, but Sanchez once again failed to find the target from a Tello center, this time spooning embarrassingly wide at the far post.

Barca continued to look the better side in the second half, and a stinging drive from Messi forced Carlos Kameni into an unorthodox save with his legs.

But the hosts were indebted to Pinto with just under 20 minutes remaining for a fantastic reflex save on Sebastian Fernandez's expertly struck volley.

And with a quarter of an hour to go, Malaga's task was made that much harder after substitute Monreal was given a straight red card for fouling Pedro as the last defender.

It seemed like game over for the visitors, but with one minute remaining in regulation time, Camacho popped up to convert a free kick at the far post to grab a second goal for the Andalusians, and send them into the return leg with the advantage on away goals.

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Barcelona

13
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
 - 
2
Montoya
Defender
 - 
5
Carles Puyol
Defender
30′
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
14
Javier Mascherano
Midfielder
 - 
6
Thiago Alcántara
Midfielder
30′ 78′
 - 
9
 - 
10
Lionel Messi
Striker
29′ 34′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
74′
 - 

Malaga

 - 
1
Carlos Kameni
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
Eliseu
Midfielder
38′
 - 
2
 - 
21
 - 
3
Weligton
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
6
Camacho
Midfielder
90′
 - 
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
26′
 - 
30
 - 
27
Portillo
Midfielder
46′

Substitutes

1
 - 
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
 - 
3
Piqué
Defender
 - 
16
Busquets
Midfielder
 - 
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
74′
 - 
6
Xavi
Midfielder
78′
 - 
7
Pedro
Striker
74′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
26
 - 
17
Monreal
Defender
46′ 75′
 - 
5
 - 
17
Duda
Midfielder
69′ 90′
 - 
23
Isco
Midfielder
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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 de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2