Saturday January 12, 2013 Day 19 Estadio La Rosaleda

Málaga CF v FC Barcelona

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  1. Spanish Liga - Brilliant Barcelona too good for Malaga

    Spanish Liga - Brilliant Barcelona too good for Malaga

    Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Malaga - their 18th victory in 19 games - at La Rosaleda. More

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    • 90+2' The game comes to an end with another deserved victory for the Catalan giants who make it 18 wins from 19 games. Alexis Sanchez had a late chance to make it 4-1 but drilled his shot wide of the near post.
    • 90' Barcelona are playing 'keep ball' as the clock ticks down.
    • 89' GOAL!!! A nice consolation goal for the home side as Buonanotte swings in a great free kick from the edge of the box and Valdes stands no chance.
    • 88' Buonanotte wins a free kick as he draws a foul from his compatriot Mascherano on the edge of the box.
    • 87' Malaga threw the towel in minutes ago and it's just damage limitation from here in.
    • 85' Messi, by the way, has scored in his last nine matches for Barcelona. Expect more records to be broken this year!
    • 84' There was yet another assist from Messi for Thiago's goal, a nice one-two setting up the young forward to score.
    • 83' There was some weak defending in the build-up to that goal, but Thiago took full advantage to finish off this game as a contest.
    • 82' GOAL!!! It is 3-0 to Barcelona and that is the victory well and truly wrapped up as Thiago drifts through a tired Malaga defence and crashes home a low shot.
    • 80' Intricate play by the Barça attack eventually comes to nothing as Xavi is cuaght offside.
    • 79' The visitors are not letting up here, Vilanova's men are still striving for a third.
    • 78' Pedro's night is over and Alexis comes on for Barcelona.
    • 76' After losing the title to Real Madrid last season Barcelona have responded in ruthless fashion. The end of this game will mark the half way point in their title challenge and if the score stays this way they will have dropped just two points all season.
    • 75' Messi is lurking and hassling the Malaga defence at every opportunity.
    • 74' Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova missed the midweek cup match as he was in New York seeing a specialist about his cancer treatment, after surgery just before Christmas. His players have welcomed him back with a great performance tonight.
    • 73' That shot (or cross) is Fabregas' last touch as he goes off for Thiago.
    • 72' Fabregas gets in on the left and tries a shot from a wide angle forcing Willy to make a save. That might have been a cross actually.
    • 71' Jeremy Toulalan departs and Manuel Iturra comes on for the home side.
    • 69' The 'inevitable' yellow card for Busquets who does the ugly work for Barcelona. He fouled Buoannotte and is in the book.
    • 68' Indeed Malaga are through to the last 16 in the Champions League and were fifth inthe table going into this game but they just cannot cope with Barça's relentless play.
    • 67' Malaga are a good side and they have the home advantage here but Pedro, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Fabregas are just too good.
    • 65' Brilliant counter attacking play by Barcelona sees Iniesta build a move down the left but his eventual cross runs long and is collected by Jordi Alba on the right.
    • 64' That was a silly foul by Fabregas, he could have seen red there.
    • 63' Fabregas is booked for a heavy challenge on Joaquin.
    • 62' Eliseu leaves the field of play and is replaced by Diego Buonannotte for Malaga.
    • 60' Pique towers above his teammates and opponents to head powerfully clear from the Malaga corner.
    • 59' Some rather wild defending sees Dani Alves blast a clearance beyond a stranded Valdes and Malaga have a corner.
    • 57' A foul on Messi goes unpunished as the referee tries to play advantage but it comes to nothing. Messi stopped and wanted the foul there though. Play to the whistle man!
    • 56' Barça are enjoying themselves at the La Rosaleda, even Busquets gets involved in some showboating.
    • 54' Camacho's night is not improving. He gets a yellow card for a foul on Fabregas after Iniesta and Cesc tease him into a lunge.
    • 53' Pedro and Weligton are having a row after a 50-50 challenge but eventually they got on with it.
    • 52' Malaga do not like that and are putting in a few tasty challenges now.
    • 51' What a pass that was from Messi, he picked Fabregas out brilliantly and played him in behind a helpless Malaga defence. How do you defend against Messi though?
    • 50' GOAL!!! A delicious left footed chipped pass from Messi plays in Fabregas and the Catalan midfielder makes it 2-0 with a good finish.
    • 48' Eliseu takes a free kick from just outside the box and the Barcelona wall stands firm and blocks it down. That wall does the job again as Joaquin fires a volleyed rebound at them again. Good defending.
    • 47' Iniesta is caught just offside as he latches on to a clever backheeled pass from Fabregas.
    • 46' Barcelona get the second half underway as they aim for an 18th win in 19 games this season.
    • 45' An action packed first half draws to a close and Camacho will be having nightmares tonight about that back pass which let in Messi, unless Malaga can turn things around in the second half.
    • 44' That was marginally offside if at all and Malaga were playing a dangerous game there.
    • 43' Messi gets in again as he combines with Xavi, but the pair are judged to be just offside.
    • 41' Fabregas fires over from a quickly taken free kick in a central position.
    • 40' Replays of that Pique 'penalty' incident show it very clearly struck his back, not his hand.
    • 39' Santa Cruz keeps Valdes on his toes with a good header. Never looked like a goal though.
    • 36' The home side want a penalty as Gerard Pique blocks an Eliseu cross. It hits the Barça man on his behind, not his hand though.
    • 35' Isco shoots from the edge of the Barcelona area after he is fed by good work from Santa Cruz but the shot is blocked.
    • 33' There will surely be more goals in this game as both sides look so hungry to score.
    • 32' The home side have set up with a very attacking formation and when Barcelona break the Malaga defence looks outnumbered.
    • 31' Malaga had started well but have perhaps paid the price for being too ambitious in the opening half hour.
    • 29' It is almost 2-0 within two minutes as a loose ball drops to Fabregas on the edge of the box and he fires just wide of the right post with Willy stranded.
    • 28' Messi was alert there and Camacho just didn't see him. The little Barça man stayed as cool as ever, put Willy on the ground and then finished calmly.
    • 27' GOAL!!! Who else but that man Messi? The brilliant Argentine capitalises on a loose back pass by Camacho to beat Willy from inside the box.
    • 25' Iniesta tests Willy again after good set up play by Fabregas.
    • 23' Willy is in the heart of the action constantly being tested by Messi and Pedro in the Barça attack.
    • 22' This is an intense match. Malaga are full of quality and passion, but Barcelona look dangerous every time they go forward.
    • 21' Replays of that Willy vs Pedro play show the ball coming off Willy's leg and then striking his hand outside the box. So he got lucky.
    • 38' The game is finally dropping slightly in pace as Barcelona take some control.
    • 18' Willy comes out of his box to prevent Pedro from getting a shot away. That was good goalkeeping as it looked like a great chance for Barcelona.
    • 16' Joaquin and Javier Mascherano get involved in a one on one battle and Mascherano comes out on top after the Spaniard tried to push him down.
    • 15' Pedro is lucky to avoid a yellow card for an obvious handball.
    • 14' Messi was kept on the bench in a cup match against Cordoba on Thursday and was due to come on to salute the Camp Nou crowd, but an injuries and tactics prevented his appearance.
    • 12' This is Messi's first appearance since he was historically crowned with a fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or last Monday.
    • 11' This is end to end stuff as Camacho fires high over the Barcelona goal following a pass from Santa Cruz.
    • 9' Roque Santa Cruz on the counter attack tries to play in Eliseu but Victor Valdes gets there first.
    • 8' Barcelona win a corner after that Messi chance but Malaga clear their lines and go on the counter attack,
    • 7' Iniesta plays Messi in and it looks like Barcelona will take an early lead but Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero outwits the brilliant Argentine forward and whips the ball away from his feet.
    • 6' High paced stuff so far with no clear chances for either side. On paper this should be one of the toughest games of the league season for Barcelona.
    • 5' Then it is Ignacio Camacho who concedes a free kick as he floors Cesc Fabregas.
    • 4' A foul by Iniesta on Sergio Sanchez as he leaves a foot in on the Malaga man.
    • 3' But the home side are not letting Barcelona have too much space and Joaquin surges through the middle to put the pressure on the visitors' back four.
    • 2' Malaga can't keep the ball for long and Barcelona are soon playing it around at the back.
    • 1' Malaga get underway in their blue and white stripes, Barça in their usual colours.
    • 19:55 Sevilla subs are Saviola, Onyewu, Iturra, Sergio Fernandez, Buonanotte, Kameni and Portillo.
    • 19:50 Manuel Pellegrini has has highlighted the threat posed by Barca midfielder Xavi. “I know that Messi scores a great number of goals, but it is the Xavi philosophy that is so important,” the 59-year-old told a press conference.
    • 19:45 Barca have only dropped two points in the League so far this term and are in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and the Last 16 of the Champions League. “This team just loves to improve. Our mentality is to constantly get better and keep growing. That’s what helps us go on to break so many records,” reserve goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto told Barca TV this week.
    • 19:40 The Barca subs are Pinto, Puyol, Adriano, Song, Thiago, Alexis and Tello. Montoya and Bartra don't make the squad and will watch the game from the stands.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Malaga: Caballero - Sergio Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal - Joaquin, Camacho, Isco, Toulalan, Eliseu - Santa Cruz /// Barcelona: Valdes - Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba - Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas - Pedro, Messi, Iniesta
    • 19:30 Unbeaten leaders Barcelona can pull 18 points clear of arch rivals Real Madrid, who were held 0-0 at Osasuna on Saturday, with an 18th win in 19 matches this season at fourth-placed Malaga.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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