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Copa del Rey
January 16, 2013
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 55151
L. Messi 29'
M. Iturra 26'
Ignacio Camacho 90'
Full time in the Camp Nou. A goal at the death from Ignacio Camacho has earned a dramatic late equaliser for Malaga in this Copa del Rey quarter final. The visitors lead through Manuel Iturra but Messi and Puyol quickly put Barcelona ahead. Nacho Monreal's sending off looked to be a hammer blow to Manuel Pellegrini's men, but they kept going and now take a 2-2 draw into the second leg at La Rosaleda! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! See you next time!
90' + 3'
Yellow Card S. Fernández
90' + 1'
Late dramatics at the Camp Nou! Malaga were there for the taking! The visitors were 2-1 down and down to 10 men but Barcelona failed to take advantage. Fair play to Pellegrini's men, they kept believing!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR MALAGA!!!! The visitors snatch a late equaliser! The ball is whipped in to the far post and Ignacio Camacho is there to cushion the ball into the opposite corner with a lovely volley! 2-2!!!
Free kick to Malaga on the left-hand side. They are putting a few men forward so let's see what they can make of it.
Malaga have done pretty well to keep the scoreline at 2-1. They have kept a rigid defensive shape in and around their box and Barca haven't looked like breaking it down since Nacho Monreal was sent off.
Barca don't seem too eager to go for the killer third goal here. Malaga look to be there for the taking as they are down to 10 men but the Catalans are playing at a pretty low tempo at the moment.
Yellow Card Sergio Sánchez
Sanchez's frustration seems to have boiled over. Just after his interception he runs up and volleys the advertising boards at the edge of the park. He receives a yellow card for his trouble.
Important interception again from Sergio Sanchez! Messi dinks a pass through the middle of the Malaga defence for Xavi, who looks poised to score, but the Malaga defender slides the ball out for a corner kick.
Since Monreal's dismissal, Eliseu has reverted back to left-back again. It may be damage limitations for Malaga now. With a man down, all they can do is hope they see out this much with just the one goal disadvantage.
Tito Vilanova makes his third and final change as Xavi comes on for Thiago. Barcelona's three substitutes tonight are all World Cup winners. Not bad, eh?
Messi steps up to hit the free kick but his attempt was disappointing and goes wide of the right-hand post.
Red Card Monreal
Nacho Monreal is sent off! Fabregas sends a glorious pass over the top of the defence for Pedro, who's path towards goal is halted when he is tripped up by the Malaga substitute! He was denying a goalscoring opportunity and by the letter of the law, he must see red. The visitors down to 10 men!
Barcelona make their first changes of the match as Alexis and Tello come off to be replaced by Cesc Fabregas and Pedro.
They say the sign of a good goalkeeper is to be competent when called upon after spending the majority of the match doing next to nothing. Pinto has done just that.
Great save from Pinto!! The ball is whipped into the box and Seba Fernandez does brilliantly to twist a volley towards goal from 18 yards but the Barca 'keeper makes the stop with a strong right hand! Save of the night!
Manuel Pellegrini makes his final change of the match, and, for once, my prediction is incorrect! Buonanotte comes off to be replaced by Duda. We will not see Isco tonight.
Iniesta weaves a superb pass down the left for Tello who gets to the byline. The Barca winger has two team-mates inside the box but fails to find either as the Malaga defence congregate in numbers at the near post. Magical build-up play from Iniesta.
Roque Santa Cruz
As predicted a couple of minutes ago. Roque Santa Cruz has been introduced into the action in place of Javier Saviola. The Argentine looks knackered as he comes off the pitch.
Buonanotte whips in a free kick from the right hand side and Barcelona struggle to clear. Puyol eventually powers his way through the crowd to smash the ball up into the air to safety.
You wonder just how much ambition Malaga have in this match. After all, this is only the first leg so they won't want to take a heavy disadvantage into the next match. If Pellegrini was feeling brave, he could perhaps introduce Isco and Santa Cruz into the action. The visitors have a decent bench to choose from this evening.
It has been a thankless task for Javier Saviola this evening. Whenever his team-mates get the ball they are either playing it high to him or sending the balls down the wing for him to chase. He needs more support up there.
Unorthodox save from Carlos Kameni! Messi picks up the ball in the inside left channel and smashes a left-footed strike towards goal, but the Malaga goalkeeper, with a combination of his legs and chest, manages to clear. It got the job done!
Barca looking very comfortable at the moment. Malaga had a small flurry at the beginning of the second half but they have been unable to generate any goalcoring chances since going ahead in the first period.
Malaga must to better to retain possession here. Barca are showing determination in their closing down of the ball but the visitors have also been guilty of sloppy passes and trying to play the ball long.
Sharp defending from Sanchez. Tello gets down to the byline and reverses a pass to the edge of the box for Iniesta. The Barca maestro looks to burst into the are and rides two or three challenges before the Malaga man puts the ball out of play with an important interception.
It looks as if Alexis Sanchez is completely devoid of confidence at the moment. He has got in good positions twice on the right-hand side in the last couple of minutes but he has been wasteful on both occasions. He doesn't seem too eager to try and beat a man or have a shot at goal.
Wonderful play from Adriano. The Barca left-back sprints back retrieve the ball from Eliseu before showing impressive trickery to jink his way past two Malaga players inside his own box. He receives a passionate cheer from his fans.
Half time change to report. Portillo has came off for Nacho Monreal for Malaga. Eliseu has moved into a more advanced role down the right-hand side.
We are back under way!
You can follow us on Twitter at @goal_intl so don't forget to post your thoughts, feelings, and predictions on the match! Do you think Barcelona will add to their tally or will Malaga once again silence the Camp Nou with a goal?
45' + 1'
Half time in Camp Nou. Manuel Iturra gave Malaga an unlikely lead but a lightning quick double from Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol have seen Barcelona go into the break with a 2-1 lead. Still plenty of football to be played! Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Excellent tackle from song. The former Arsenal man loses possession in a dangerous position inside his own half but he recovers well to dash back and claw back the ball from the feet of Seba Fernandez.
Perhaps Kameni should be playing as centre-back! Iniesta shows some magical footwork inside the box to drive towards goal but he Malaga goalkeeper runs from his post to make a perfectly-timed sliding tackle on the byline!
Commanding clearance from Kameni. Barcelona take a quick corner and Iniesta curls a teasing cross into the six-yard-box but the Malaga goalkeeper punches the ball to safety with authority.
Yellow Card Eliseu
Another terrible miss from Alexis Sanchez! Adriano whips a fantastic cross to the back post and the Chilean has a large portion of the goal to aim at, but he opens up his foot too much and slices the ball wide! He could have had a hat-trick!
Two goals in two minutes from the hosts have also injected some energy and noise into the Camp Nou crowd. It was fairly quiet inside the stadium for the opening 30 minutes, but the tempo of the game has certainly raised the spirits.
Yellow Card Messi
Malaga's goal has definitely made Barca kick up a gear. Iniesta comes close to constructing a third goal as he drives towards goal at tremendous pace. A heavy touch allows Kameni to come out and make the block for a corner kick.
A breathless five minutes there! After taking the lead Malaga needed to do better to tighten up for a few minutes. They didn't. And now they find themselves behind.
Assist Thiago Alcántara
Goal Carles Puyol
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! A quickfire double from the hosts! What a turnaround! Thiago whips in a corner kick and Puyol twists his body to loop a fantastic header into the far corner! 2-1!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! Malaga barely held on two minutes! Messi shows superb desire to hustle and harry Weligton before stealing the ball and running through before expertly curling the ball beyond Kameni with his left foot! 1-1!
That really was a smash and grab from Malaga. They have barely strung six passes together but have took advantage of a mistake by Thiago to lead at Camp Nou. Only 64 minutes left to hold on.
Goal M. Iturra
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR MALAGA! Where did that come from?! Mistake by Thiago! The Barca midfielder languishes in possession in a dangerous area on the edge of his own box and Iturra comes in to steal the ball and run through before coolly slotting into the bottom right corner!
The Camp Nou fans are screaming for a free kick. Alexis takes on Weligton down the right wing but the big Brazilian uses his brute strength to bully the Chilean off the ball. It wasn't a free kick, just good defending.
Well, they did manage to get the ball in the net from the free kick but the play is brought back for an offside. The ball was played through to Messi but the Argentine was two yards ahead of play when he set up Puyol inside the box.
Free kick to Barca in a useful position. Thiago's quick feet reels Iturra into committing a foul on the left wing. Let's see what they make of this.
Messi shoots from range! The Argentine twists and turns on the edge of the area before shifting the ball onto the right foot and lashing a strike at goal. It was never really bothering Kameni, though, and Malaga get the goal kick.
Thiago has looked sharp in the opening stages. The 21-year-old is playing the role of Xavi tonight in that he is producing play from deeper areas. He's been at the heart of all things good so far.
Malaga haven't mustered up any kind of meaningful possession as of yet. Whenever they receive the ball inside their own half they are relentlessly pressed by the Barca players until they lose it. Saviola isn't much of a target man up against Puyol and Mascherano, either.
Important defensive header from Sergio Sanchez! Barcelona counterattack at pace through the middle and the ball comes to Thiago on the right-hand side. He attempts to clip a pass to the back post for Messi but the Malaga centre-back clears the ball out for a corner with a diving header.
Yellow Card Alexis Sánchez
Expert control in the middle of the park from Iniesta. The Spaniard takes the ball out of the air with ease before turning sharply and sliding a ball through the middle for Messi. However, the Argentine was just offside.
Not a great start to the match for Alexis. Only moments ago he missed a glorious chance to give his side the lead and now he has been given a yellow card for diving. Weligton made the challenge inside the Malaga box but there was very little contact.
Barca looking very, very sharp in the opening stages. Tello has been given the freedom of the Camp Nou on the left-hand side and his pace is causing real problems. Malaga look susceptible here. They need to regroup quickly.
What a miss from Alexis Sanchez! Messi threads a wonderful pass in behind Jesus Gamez for Cristian Tello, who slides the ball into the centre for the Chilean, who manages to balloon the ball over the bar from six yards!
Terrific clearance by Sergio Sanchez!! Alexis lobs the ball over the oncoming Carlos Kameni but the Malaga defender is in the right place at the right time to hook the ball into the air. A scramble ensues and the referee eventually whistles for a free kick to Malaga.
Barca aim to impose their dominance early on in proceedings. Thiago, Iniesta, and Song have all seen quite a lot of the ball so far as they attempt to pass the visitors into submission.
There is a total of 15 changes made from the starting 22 players that featured in the La Liga match on Sunday evening. This is certainly a chance for fringe players to make an impression.
We are under way at Camp Nou!
A standing ovation from the Camp Nou faithful as Lionel Messi presents his historic four Ballon d'Or trophies on the pitch at Camp Nou. We are running out of superlatives to describe the Argentine magician!
However, Malaga do boast the best defensive record in the Spanish Primera Division, so it will likely be a tough test for the much changed XI of Barcelona.
The Catalan side have scored 15 goals in their first four games of 2013, a worrying statistic for the traveling Malaga contingent.
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Kameni; Gamez, Sanchez, Weligton, Eliseu; Camacho, Iturra; Portillo, Fernandez, Buonanotte; Saviola
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Adriano, Mascherano, Puyol, Montoya; Thiago, Song, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Tello
And, as expected, both coaches have rung the changes...
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action this evening. Barcelona ran out relatively comfortable 3-1 winners against Malaga just three days ago in La Liga, but as we all know, the Copa del Rey is an entirely different animal.
Good evening folks! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou!
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