MATCH CENTRE

SUN 25 AUGUST 2013, 21:00, LA ROSALEDA

0
VS
1

Barca squeeze past Malaga

by Staff Reporter

Sun August 25, 23:20

Barcelona secured their second straight win in La Liga when they edged Malaga 1-0 at the La Rosaleda Stadium on Sunday night.

Adriano Correia scored the only goal of the match late in the first half as the Catalans failed to convert their dominance into goals in the second half.

The first chance of the match fell for Alex Song in the 4th minute when he rose highest to meet a corner from Xavi Hernandez, but his header was well-held by Willy Caballero.

Then in the 28th minute Luis Antunes managed to bend his freekick over the wall but Victor Valdes made a superb save to push the ball wide of the post.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 44th minute when Adriano fired a low shot from outside the box which curled beyond Caballero’s reach and into the bottom left corner.

The hosts came very close to leveling matters in the 68th minute when Roque Santa Cruz rounded Victor Valdes before squaring the ball for Fabrice Olinga, but the Cameroonian saw his shot coming off the upright.

Gerardo Martino’s side almost doubled their lead in the 80th minute through substitute Neymar, but the Brazilian saw his well-taken freekick pushed over the crossbar by Caballero.

Malaga had one more chance to claim a valuable point in the 90th minute but they were twice denied by Valdes, who blocked Sebastian Fernandez header before holding on to a follow-up shot from Fernando Tissone.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE LA ROSALEDA
MALAGA GOALS BARCELONA GOALS
22. Adriano Correia (44')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
MALAGA STARTING LINEUP BARCELONA STARTING LINEUP
13
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
56'
23
Defender
44'
45'
22
Defender
15
Defender
3
Defender
61'
21
14
Defender
5
Defender
18
Midfielder
64'
19
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
83'
8
Midfielder
76'
6
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
72'
30
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
76'
9
Forward/Striker
62'
9
Forward/Striker
24
Forward/Striker
63'
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Eliseu
Midfielder
64'
18
Dani Alves
Defender
45'
22
Pedro Morales
Midfielder
76'
14
Neymar Júnior
Forward/Striker
63'
11
Sebastian Fernandez
Forward/Striker
76'
11
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
83'
24
CARDS
Jesus Gamez
Defender
56'
23
Alex Sanchez
Forward/Striker
62'
9
Sergio Sanchez
Defender
61'
21
Dani Alves
Defender
84'
22
Sergi Darder
Midfielder
72'
30
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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