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Primera División

  • January 26, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
  • • Attendance: 56355

Live Commentary

  • Full time in Camp Nou as the referee ends Malaga's misery. Gerard Pique opened the scoring in the first half with a header and Pedro and Alexis both netted in the second half to take the match beyond Bernd Schuster's outfit. A run of the mill victory for Los Cules which sees them return to the top of La Liga! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
  • 90'
    Three minutes of injury time in Camp Nou. Malaga have wanted this over and done with for a while!
  • 88'
    Afellay almost gets put through on goal moments after coming on but he's denied after a superb last ditch challenge from Angeleri. The Dutchman almost had the opportunity for a dream comeback!
  • 87'
    SubstitutionAlexis Sánchez Ibrahim Afellay
  • 86'
    A lovely moment for Barcelona now as Ibrahim Afellay makes his long awaited return from injury. He'll replace Alexis Sanchez down the right wing.
  • 84'
    Barca just going through the motions here. This game was won long ago!
  • 82'
    Camachoooo! Sort of sums up Malaga's night as the corner kick comes in and the midfielder does a fresh air overhead kick. Was never really going to come off, he wasn't balanced correctly!
  • 81'
    SubstitutionFernando Tissone Sergi Darder
  • 80'
    Last throw of the dice from Malaga as Tissone is replaced by Sergi Darder. The former was on a yellow card, so perhaps a smart decision from Schuster to take him out of the firing line, with Sevilla coming up next weekend.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionXavi Sergi Roberto
  • 78'
    Second substitution from Tata Martino as the Barca captain, Xavi, is replaced by Sergi Roberto in the middle of midfield. Decent run out for the youngster.
  • 76'
    Just under 15 minutes to go in Camp Nou. Do Malaga try and find a consolation goal or park the bus and limit the damage? Tough one!
  • 74'
    It's basically a training exercise at the moment for Barcelona. Lot's of need and tidy passing, but they aren't in any rush to add to their tally.
  • 72'
    Xaviiiiii! The Barca captain, who celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday, swings the free kick around the wall but can't get the swerve to bend the strike back in, and it goes wide of the mark.
  • 71'
    Yellow Card Flávio
  • 70'
    Free kick to Barcelona right on the edge of the Malaga box after Flavio cynically brings down Messi. Perhaps lucky for it just to be a yellow card, but Sergio Sanchez was covering in behind.
  • 68'
    Alexis receives the ball deep in his own half and goes on a penetrating run through the middle. He spots Tello in space down the left-hand side but the pass wasn't good enough and Malaga intercept.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionPablo Javier Pérez P. Morales
  • 66'
    Messiiiiiiiiiii! Unlucky! The Argentine maestro steps up for a free kick and bends the set piece over the wall, but it just doesn't dip in time to get under the bar, and Caballero sees it over.
  • 65'
    Second change of the match from Bernd Schuster as Pablo Perez is replaced by Pedro Morales.
  • 64'
    Some decent play from Tissone sees the Malaga midfielder burst through the middle in an attempt to take the pressure off his defence, but he eventually finds himself outnumbered and Barca claim back possession.
  • 62'
    That assist will be Pedro's last action of the match. He just picked up a knock a few minutes ago, and he'll be replaced by Cristian Tello, who bagged a hat trick during the week.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionPedro Tello
  • 61'
    Assist Pedro
  • 61'
    Goal Alexis Sánchez
    GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! Game just about over! Messi turns sharply on the edge of the area and picks out Pedro on the inside left channel, who slides a perfect pass to the back post for Alexis, who taps home from close range. 3-0! That'll be that then!
  • 60'
    Pedro is Barcelona's top goalscorer in the league this season, with 12 goals. It's 16 in total for the La Masia graduate.
  • 59'
    It looks like the Spaniard is going to be okay, thankfully.
  • 58'
    Some worrying scenes for Barca at the moment as Pedro is currently down after a nasty collision with Angeleri. He was caught right on the shin, a sore one!
  • 57'
    Dudaaaaa! What an attempt that is! The Malaga captain attempts to catch out Valdes with a shot from 40 yards out down the left wing, but the Barcelona goalkeeper retreats enough to tip the ball away! Almost a screamer!
  • 55'
    Assist Lionel Messi
  • 55'
    Goal Pedro
    GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! They double their lead! Messi receives the ball on the edge of the box and slides a pass through to the feet of Pedro, who takes a touch inside before whipping a strike into the bottom corner! 2-0!
  • 53'
    PIQUEEEEEEEEE!! The former Manchester United defender rises high inside the box and nods a header towards goal, but the attempt cannons off the bottom of the post! Malaga let off the hook!
  • 51'
    Alexiiiiiiiiiis! What a save again from Caballero! The Chilean receives the ball just inside the box and jinks the ball on to his right foot before smashing a strike towards the far corner, but he is thwarted again by the goalkeeper, who makes the save!
  • 49'
    Juanmi and Pawlowski were both sniffing for a strike, but it was such a great interception from Alba!
  • 48'
    What a clearance from Alba!! Antunes whips a teasing cross into the box and Pawlowski looks certain to stab home, but the former Valencia defender slides in at the last minute to clear out of the box!
  • 46'
    We are back under way in Catalunya!
  • Half time. It took Barcelona a little while to get going but the deadlock was eventually broken by Gerard Pique five minutes before the break. Malaga have defended pretty solidly, but a few moments of magic from the hosts suggests that they will be in the mood for a few more goals in the second 45.
  • 44'
    Flavio goes in late on Alexis on the edge of the box and Barca get the free kick. Messi looks to whip the ball round the wall but it remains strong to divert the set piece out for a corner.
  • 42'
    Scintillating stuff from Barca! Alba does wonderfully to get to the byline and reverse a pass inside to Xavi, who lays back to Messi. Messi dinks a glorious pass over the top for Fabregas, who shoots on the volley, but Caballero makes a solid save at the front post. Lovely to watch!
  • 40'
    Assist Alexis Sánchez
  • 40'
    Goal Piqué
    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA! THE HOSTS BREAK THE DEADLOCK!! A corner is whipped in to the front post and Alexis rises brilliantly to glance to the back post. Pique is on hand to take the ball down and smash home! 1-0, but where was the Malaga defending?!
  • 38'
    Caballero thwarts Barca again. Messi lifts a pass over the top of the Malaga defence for Alba, who breaks the offside trap before attempting to lob the Malaga goalkeeper, who stands tall to palm over the bar.
  • 36'
    A wee bit of controversy here. Malaga somehow are awarded a free kick after Sergio Sanchez kicks his own man, Angeleri, in the stomach inside the box. The referee must have seen something nobody else did!
  • 34'
    Clearance just about off the line by Flavio Pereira! Alexis chips a cross to the back post and Pedro heads towards the bottom corner, but the Malaga defender was positioned well to make the block!
  • 32'
    Both keepers save their sides from going a goal down within a minute! First Victor Valdes denies Angeleri's header and then Caballero beats away Alba's powerful strike! Both goalkeepers on form in between the sticks!
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Duda
  • 30'
    Yellow Card Piqué
  • 30'
    The first Barcelona booking of the match goes to Pique as he goes in late on the newly-introduced Pawlowski. Bit of a dive, but there was probably enough contact for him to go down.
  • 28'
    Juanmi jinks inside neatly after a pass through the middle from Camacho, but he is stopped in his tracks after a trip from Alba. Free kick to Malaga down the right flank.
  • 26'
    Early problem for Malaga here as Roque Santa Cruz wont be able to continue due to injury. The Paraguayan will be replaced by Bartlomiej Pawlowski.
  • 25'
    SubstitutionRoque Santa Cruz Bartlomiej Pawłowski
  • 24'
    Caballero is there once again! Dani Alves breaks the Malaga offside trap and takes an assured touch inside the box before attempting to chip the ball to the back post, but the Argentine flapped the ball away from the oncoming Barca attackers!
  • 22'
    Great goalkeeping from Caballero! The big Malaga keeper dashes out from his line to narrow the angle and Messi can only lift his shot wide of the post!
  • 20'
    It looks like Alexis Sanchez and Pedro have switched flanks. Let's see if they can get the better of Antunes and Angeleri in the full back positions.
  • 18'
    Poor pass from Santa Cruz! The Paraguayan has the opportunity to slide a pass through to the free Perez but the final ball was far too close to Jordi Alba, who accelerates back to make the interception. That was a chance!
  • 16'
    Yellow Card Pablo Javier Pérez
  • 16'
    Ohhhh that's an awful challenge form Perez! The former Newell's Old Boys midfielder goes in extremely late on Busquets just inside the Malaga half. He gets a booking, but it could arguably have been more!
  • 16'
    Ohhhh that's an awful challenge form Perez! The former Newell's Old Boys midfielder goes in extremely late on Busquets just inside the Malaga half. He gets a booking, but it could arguably have been more!
  • 14'
    Pedro twists and turns down the left-hand side and looks to take on Angeleri to get into the box but the full back manages to block the cross into the box. Corner to Barca.
  • 12'
    Xavi looks to pick out his signature diagonal pass to Dani Alves on the right wing but the Brazilian just leans offside at the last minute.
  • 10'
    Superb play from Alexis! The winger takes on Tissone and Juanmi down the right-hand side and powers into the box, but his pass across goal is diverted wide by Flavio. Good defending in the end.
  • 8'
    Dudaaaaa! Great save from Victor Valdes! The Malaga captain curls a lovely free kick at goal that looks destined to nestle in the corner, but the Barca goalkeeper gets across goal to palm away! One for the cameras perhaps, but effective nonetheless!
  • 7'
    Angeleri fouls Messi on the edge of the area and Barca get the free kick. Xavi whips a strike towards the top corner but Caballero is on his toes to beat the shot away with a couple of powerful hands. The Argentine keeper will probably be kept busy tonight!
  • 6'
    ALEXIIIIIIS! UNLUCKY! The Chilean drifts into the box in the inside right channel and dinks a shot to the back post that cannons off the outside of the woodwork! That looked a certainly goal, but Malaga survive!
  • 5'
    Messi clips the free kick to the front post but Flavio is well positioned to cushion the set-piece out of the box. An important interception, as Alexis Sanchez was lurking behind him.
  • 4'
    Tissone gives away a daft free kick deep inside his own half. Free kick to Barcelona down the right-hand side.
  • 3'
    Low key start to the match here in Camp Nou. A lot of neat passing, but the match has yet to truly ignite in the middle of the park.
  • 1'
    We are under way in Catalunya!
  • Barca have been rocked with the news this week that Sandro Rosell has stepped down as president. The new man in charge is Josep Maria Bartomeu, who'll be looking for his side to claim a victory in the first game under his reign.
  • However, Los Cules still have an abundance of firepower up top. Lionel Messi is back on form after returning from injury and, worryingly for Malaga, has scored nine goals in his last five appearances against the Boquerones.
  • All of the talk this week concerning Barcelona has surrounded the controversial signing of Neymar, but the Brazilian isn't in the limelight tonight as he is still shelved with an ankle injury.
  • All of the talk this week concerning Barcelona has surrounded the controversial signing of Neymar, but the Brazilian isn't in the limelight tonight as he is still shelved with an ankle injury.
  • The last time the Camp Nou outfit went two league games without winning was in May 2011 - and they broke that run with a 3-1 win over Malaga, who sit 14th in the table this season.
  • Barca go into this fixture in something of a slump by their own high standards, having drawn their last two La Liga fixtures at Atletico and Levante respectively.
  • They will attempt to claim all three points without the talents of Andres Iniesta, who misses out tonight with injury. Cesc Fabregas has retreated into midfield alongside Sergio Busquets and Xavi. Alexis Sanchez, Pedro, and Lionel Messi all get the nod in attack.
  • At the start of kick-off, Barcelona will actually find themselves 3rd in La Liga due to the victories of Real Madrid and Atleticio Madrid this weekend, so a win againt Bernd Schuster's outfit is essential this evening.
  • Malaga (4-4-2): Willy; Angeleri, S.Sanchez, Flavio, Antunes; Juanmi, Camacho, Tissone, Duda; Perez, Santa Cruz.
  • Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Alexis.
  • I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
  • Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Barcelona and Malaga from Camp Nou!