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90' + 7'
Juan Carlos
Red Card
90' + 5'
Duda
Pablo Fornals
81'
Y. En-Nesyri
Sandro Ramírez
77'
I. Rakitić
Rafinha
69'
Luis Muñoz
Javi Ontiveros
68'
André Gomes
Denis Suárez
68'
Diego Llorente
Red Card
63'
Javi Ontiveros
Yellow Card
62'
Jordi Alba
L. Digne
21'
F. Ricca
Yellow Card
3
0
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
14
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 1
Total Passes 729 176

Commentary

Full-time at the Camp Nou. Barcelona don't take the chance to go top of the table before the Madrid Derby as they are held to a 0-0 stalemate at home against Malaga. The visitors actually went down to nine men in the end, but they have Carlos Kameni to thank for an outstanding performance between the sticks, as the Blaugrana missed Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up top. Thanks for joining us, see you next time.
Juan Carlos
Red Card
Málaga CF
90' + 7' Malaga are now down to NINE men as Juankar shows a bit of dissent to the referee. A crazy end to this game!
Duda
Pablo Fornals
Málaga CF
90' + 5' Pablo Fornais is replaced by Duda for Malaga.
90' + 3' OHHH WHAT A SENSATIONAL SAVE FROM KAMENI!! Andre Gomes clips a cross to the back post and Neymar meets it with a bullet header which looks destined to find the back of the net, only for the Malaga stopper to somehow get across goal to make the block! Amazing!
90' + 2' Barca are just peppering this Malaga penalty area with crosses and passes at the moment, just looking for some kind of break of the ball. It is not coming, and it looks like Malaga are going to hold on for a fabulous away point at the Camp Nou!
90' The referee has indicated that there will be FOUR minutes of added time and the Barca fans cheer in expectancy as they realise there is still a little bit of time left for a winner. Malaga are being clever in their attempts to run down the clock, even if you don't agree with the tactic!
88' The Barcelona fans are ready to tear their seats out here as twice within a space of a few seconds, two Malaga players go down with a suspected injury. The home crowd suspect this is simply to waste time rather than to receive physio treatment, but the referee will likely be adding the time on.
86' That must be a penalty to Barcelona! Mikel attempt to shield a loose ball back into the arms of Kameni, who is not quick enough off his line to claim possession. However, in his attempts to do this, the Malaga defender clearly shoves and pulls Pique, who is sniffing around for a mistake, to the floor! The referee waves play on - unbelievable!
84' GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA! WAIT! NO! OFFSIDE! Andre Gomes gets in behind the Malaga defence to loop a header over the oncoming Kameni, only for his attempt to crash off the crossbar! Pique is on-hand to smash in the rebound but the rapturous celebrations are cut short as the linesman raises his flag! Enrique can't believe it.
82' We can expect to witness attack versus defence for the remaining minutes as Barcelona continue to press ahead for the elusive winning goal. You really have to hand some praise to Malaga as they have been outstanding defensively so far, but they need to guard against complacency in the latter stages!
Y. En-Nesyri
Sandro Ramírez
Málaga CF
81' Sandro is replaced by Youssef En Nesyri.
80' JUST WIDE FROM RAKITIC!!! Neymar stands over a corner down the left and spots the run of his team-mate before whipping a cross to the front post area. The Croatian rises above his marker to connect with a glancing header, but it goes JUST the wrong side of the right-hand post!
78' With Messi out of the team due to illness, Neymar is tasked with the free-kicks today. The Camp Nou faithful take in a deep breath as the Brazilian steps up to have a crack on goal from around 30 yards out, but it is not his best and ends up being floated high and wide over the bar with Kameni not tested.
I. Rakitić
Rafinha
FC Barcelona
77' Indeed, Rakitic is eventually introduced to the play to try and inspire the victory, as Rafinha trudges off to the sidelines.
75' Luis Enrique needs to pull something out of the bag here as his team is running out of time to claim the win and go top of the league before the Madrid Derby later on this evening. With so many players out for one reason or another, the best bet from the bench to make an impact is probably Ivan Rakitic.
73' Neymar lights up the Camp Nou with an outrageous bit of skill near the corner flag which leaves Rosales languishing on his backside helpless. The Barca man then jinks past Juanpi with another neat move, but then tries to take on one player too many and it is eventually Mikel who cleans things up for the visitors.
71' Just under 20 minutes remaining now and the ascendancy really is with Barcelona now due to their man advantage. Neymar will be wanting to take the game to Malaga for that awful challenge from Llorente who was clearly trying to leave something on the Brazilian!
Luis Muñoz
Javi Ontiveros
Málaga CF
69' Juande Ramos reacts instantly to Llorente's red card as he makes a substitution. Entering the action is Luis Munoz and he will replace Javier Ontiveros.
André Gomes
Denis Suárez
FC Barcelona
68' Andre Gomes replaces Denis Suarez for Barca.
Diego Llorente
Red Card
Málaga CF
68' We may have just came across the game-changing moment of the match as Malaga are now down to 10 men after a quite shocking challenge from Diego Llorente, who sees red after taking out Neymar. The sheer cynical nature of the tackle, as well as how out of control it was, means that looks a good decision.
66' Neymar is starting to become a lot more prominent now as he continually cuts inside on that talented right foot from his position on the wing. Pique is basically playing as a target man inside the box now and the Brazilian has aimed plenty of crosses towards his team-mate, but Malaga, and Mikel in particular, have defended solidly so far.
64' After a short delay, Barca eventually take the free-kick following the Ontiveros foul. Neymar is the man tasked with the set-piece and sends a wicked cross ominously towards the back post which Pique latches on to, but the referee lets Malaga off the hook again by whistling for a cheap foul. Sooner or later Malaga will be the team penalised for pulling inside the box.
Javi Ontiveros
Yellow Card
Málaga CF
63' Ontiveros goes into the book for a rash challenge on Neymar.
Jordi Alba
L. Digne
FC Barcelona
62' First change of the match from Enrique here as he withdraws Lucas Digne in favour of Jordi Alba, who can certainly provide some much needed penetration down to the byline to get crosses in.
60' Malaga just need to watch themselves now as the incidents of pushing and shoving inside the box are starting to pile up. Llorente really should be penalised after clearly pulling Pique back as the Barca defender attempted to get on the end of a deep cross, but the referee doesn't see the foul on this occasion.
58' Arda initially does really well to keep an attack alive down the right wing before cheaply giving away possession with an attempted flick. The Turkey international wins the ball back after battling away, but then gives it away again after slipping on the slip surface! Quite a 30 seconds for the Barca man.
56' OH WHAT A TERRIBLE MISS FROM JUANKAR! Juanpi goes on a marauding run through the middle of the park as he takes advantage of the space in between the lines. He slides a lovely pass in behind for his team-mate, who eventually rounds Ter Stegen, but the subsequent attempt on goal is smashed into the side-netting! What a MASSIVE let-off for Barca!
54' Well, a very strange decision from the referee here as he awards Malaga the free-kick even though Ricca clearly takes out Arda on the right-hand side of the box. If anything, that was a penalty to Barcelona, and the Blaugrana players share this view as they surround the official to protest! Odd...
52' Neymar, who has been quiet so far, nearly breaks the deadlock with a header at the back post which is solidly beat away by Kameni. The former Santos man may indeed have been offside, but it will give him a boost that he has at least managed to test the Malaga stopper.
50' Malaga are currently sitting with every single player behind the ball which is allowing Pique and Mascherano to move as far up as 30 yards out to pick out passes to the more advanced midfielders. The visitors are camped inside the defensive areas, but if they get a counter opportunity they have plenty of room to get into.
48' Neymar pops up on the opposite flank this time and receives the ball to feet before jinking his way into a position to get the shot away. Just before he can pull the trigger, though, Mikel dashes across the box and stretches out a leg to make a fantastic block, saving his goalkeeper from being called into action in the process!
46' The second period is under way in this Primera Division clash!
Half-time at Camp Nou. Barcelona are yet to break the deadlock against Malaga as we head into the break at 0-0, with Luis Enrique's men looking a little lost without star players such as Messi, Suarez, Iniesta, and Rakitic, while the visitors have their goalkeeper, Kameni, to thank for a couple of excellent saves. Second period to come.
45' One minute of added time has been allocated by the referee as Barca attempt to get the opener before the half-time oranges. Sergi Roberto moves into space from right-back and pings a cross into the box, but Alcacer's header goes disappointingly wide.
43' Mascherano moves forward from his position in defence and switches a decent ball down the left wing for Digne, who takes on the full-back before cutting back inside to pass to the edge of the box. Busquets is the man who meets it, but his lack of goals for Barcelona is clear as he sends a poorly-executed strike over the bar.
41' Plenty of Barcelona possession as we approach half-time but it is coming without too much threat on the Malaga goal. There is a big spotlight on Neymar to perform today in the absence of Neymar and Suarez, but the Brazilian hasn't been at the races so far and has misplaced more than a couple of passes.
39' Ontiveros links up well with Rosales down the right wing and finds a bit of space to chip a searching cross into the box. Sandro battles away with Pique to try and get on the end of it, but it is the latter who comes out on top, just, with a commanding header away from the danger area. Good defending.
37' Just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half at Camp Nou and we remain at 0-0 with Malaga having acquitted themselves well up until this point. At the last international break Barca made a few changes in the next Primera Division fixture against Alaves, only to end up losing against the promoted outfit. Could a similar shock happen today?
35' Juankar collects the ball down the left-hand side and superbly skips beyond the half-hearted challenge from Neymar before eating up the space into the final third. He attempts a cheeky nutmeg on the covering Pique, but the Barca defender is having none of it and remains solid at right-back to win possession back for the hosts.
33' The Cameroonian between the sticks for the visitors is getting plenty of stick from the Barca crowd today and it is not just because he is the reason the deadlock remains unbroken. He did, of course, used to play for Barcelona's city rivals, Espanyol, for many years.
31' A STUNNING SAVE FROM KAMENI! Digne, for the first time in the match, manages to get beyond the defender to hit the byline before teasing a lovely cross into the middle of the penalty area. Rafina meets it with a deflected strike, but the Malaga goalkeeper somehow gets down to his right to make the vital block despite being totally wrong-footed! Wonderful!
29' This performance from Barcelona so far is one in which it is obvious that they are missing three of their very best players in Messi, Suarez, and indeed Andres Iniesta. Some of the fringe players need to step up and take advantage of their rare chance in the starting XI.
27' Denis Suarez is awarded plenty of room in the middle of the park and goes to pick out a diagonal pass down the right wing for Sergi Roberto. The right-back busts a gut to get on the end of it and does so with a quite wonderful touch before earning a corner-kick out of Ricca. The Barca fans appreciate that one.
25' Barca once again nearly shoot themselves in the foot with a loose pass which will be really worrying for Luis Enrique on the bench. The guilty party on this occasion is Busquets who very nearly gifts Sandro a route through on goal, only for Pique to intervene and make the last-ditch tackle.
23' Neymar gives the ball away poorly in midfield and Sandro takes advantage to claim possession before bursting through into the final third. Under the pressure of Pique, the Malaga centre-forward goes for the strike on goal from about 25 yards, but Ter Stegen is equal to it and makes the smart save to his left. A really promising break for Ramos' men!
F. Ricca
Yellow Card
Málaga CF
21' There is a big clash in the middle of the park between Ricca and Arda as the former goes in with his arm up into the face of the former Atletico Madrid man, which earns him a booking. The Malaga midfielder actually comes out of the situation the worst, having landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
19' Barca are, naturally, enjoying the majority of possession in this first half but without two-thirds of their famous striking trio 'MSN' in the form of Messi and Suarez, the Blaugrana are missing a bit of guile and intensity up top. Alcacer may indeed come good, but he needs that first goal to get some confidence.
17' Arda receives the ball to feet down the right wing and superbly flicks a pass in between the legs of his marker for the onrushing Sergi Roberto, who hits the byline before reversing a cross back inside. Suarez eventually picks up possession after a Malaga clearance, but the subsequently strike on goal is dragged well wide.
15' Arda concedes the cheap foul down the right wing after needlessly sliding in on Juankar and Malaga get the free-kick in a very useful position. Sandro is the man tasked with it, but it is desperately poor from the former Barcelona youth product who sends a weak, flat cross straight into the hands of the grateful Ter Stegen.
13' Mascherano very nearly takes a lick of paint off the right-hand post as he latches on to a wayward Pique header to stab a sliding attempt at goal, but even if the Argentine got the strike on target, he was miles offside anyway. An excellent period of pressure from the hosts at the moment with three corners in quick succession.
11' CRACKING SAVE FROM KAMENI! Barca are given their first corner of the afternoon which Neymar swings into the box ominously. It falls fortuitously to Pique to shifts his feet quickly to guide a lovely strike towards the top corner, only to be thwarted by the Malaga stopper, who brilliantly tips north of the crossbar!
9' Pique, who makes his return to the Barcelona starting XI today after recovering from an ankle injury, wins the ball superbly in midfield before clipping a gorgeous pass over the top of the Malaga defence for Neymar. The Brazilian collects with an assured touch before attempting the spectacular half-volley with his weaker foot, but the strike only goes as far as the side-netting.
7' Juande Ramos' charges are not going to get many chances to burst forward into the Barcelona half in this fixture so they need to make it count whenever they do. Sandro ventures into opposition territory down the right this time, but with zero team-mates providing any support, he opts to flash a strike at goal which whistles harmlessly wide.
5' As expected, Malaga are sitting with plenty of men behind the ball away from home this afternoon. They have a plethora of senior players missing today which means they have sent out a fairly youthful team, with the absence of Ignacio Camacho likely to be felt the most in the middle of the park.
3' Alcacer finally manages to get the ball in the back of the net for Barcelona after running in behind the opposition defence to volley home, but unfortunately for the former Valencia striker, the linesman raises his flag for an offside. That elusive first Liga goal for Los Cules awaits...
1' We are under way at the Camp Nou!
The teams are making their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Kameni; Rosales, Torres, Mikel, Ricca; Pablo, Llorente; Ontiveros, Juanpi, Juankar; Sandro.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Digne; Rafinha, Busquets, Denis Suarez; Arda, Alcacer, Neymar.
TEAM NEWS...
The last clash between the Blaugrana and Malaga took place in January of this year in La Liga and on that occasion at La Rosaleda, Barca ran out narrow 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Messi and Munir El Haddadi, with Juan Pablo Anor grabbing the consolation strike for the hosts in between.
The two sides featuring today both enjoyed excellent results in their respective last Primera Division matches. Barcelona overcame Sevilla in a fabulous match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a 2-1 win and Malaga secured the 3-2 victory at home to Sporting Gijon.
The game today hasn't even started yet, but already we have some major news to report and that is that Lionel Messi will not feature this afternoon for Barca due to suffering from a stomach ache and subsequent vomiting. Hopefully there is nothing too sinister behind the Argentine's illness, but he misses out today for sure and will be re-assessed before the trip to face Celtic on Wednesday. His absence comes alongside that of Luis Suarez, who is suspended.
Today is a blockbuster day in La Liga as later on Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in the derby, and the result of that encounter will have ramifications for Barcelona who are one point behind their Clasico rivals in the title race, with 25 points taken from their opening 11 matches.
Good afternoon football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Barcelona and Malaga from the Camp Nou.
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