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LA LIGA : Barcelona 0-1 Malaga – REPORT

Barcelona missed the chance to go top of La Liga after a blunder by Dani Alves saw them lose 1-0 to Malaga.

Barcelona 0-1 Malaga - REPORT

The Brazil defender’s poor back pass early on was picked up by Juanmi who slotted the ball in.

And it was the least the visitors deserved after their defence managed to contain everything that the strike force of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez threw at them.

It was largely one-way traffic after the goal with Rafinha having a shot blocked off the line while Andres Iniesta should have equalised after beating the off-side trap but his header was straight at Carlos Kameni.

The visitors meanwhile went close to doubling their lead after a swift counter-attack with Juanmi’s shot parried by Bravo.

Luis Enrique’s side failed to carve out a decent opportunity for most of the second period with their final ball letting them down.

It was the Andalusians who should have found the net but Ricardo Horta scuffed his effort wide after a swift counter attack.

The home’s side best opportunities fell to substitute Pedro late on but his ferocious effort hit the side netting, while Suarez’s half volley was well saved by Kameni.

But Malaga deservedly hung on to remain in seventh spot in the table, while Barca remain a point behind leaders Real Madrid.

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