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Malaga 2-0 Barcelona

Malaga's Sandro Ramirez
Ex-Barca player Sandro Ramirez scored his 11th goal of the season for Malaga

Neymar was sent off for Barcelona as they lost at Malaga and failed in their bid to go level on points with La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

The current Spanish champions were given a boost after Real's 1-1 draw with city rivals Atletico earlier.

However, a first-half strike from ex-Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez and a late effort from Jony Rodriguez ended their hopes.

Forward Neymar was sent off in the 65th minute after receiving a second yellow.

The Brazil international - with 15 goals for Barca this season in all competitions - had brought down Diego Llorente with a late challenge, and then sarcastically applauded as he made his way off the pitch.

The 25-year-old is set to be suspended for the next league game against Real Sociedad on 15 April. But he could receive a longer ban if his reaction to the red card is deemed as contempt of the officials, which would mean he would miss the potentially season-defining El Clasico at the Bernabeu on 23 April.

Barca barely troubled Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni, although the Cameroon international did make two good saves to block two firm efforts from Luis Suarez.

Malaga, who began the match in 15th spot, looked far more threatening, especially on the counter-attack. They took the lead in the 32nd minute when Sandro - who left for Malaga this summer - fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

In the second half they had a goal disallowed when Adalberto Penaranda was wrongly flagged offside before they finally scored their second. Pablo Fornals' square ball found Rodriguez, who slotted in from 10 yards out.

The defeat means Barcelona remain on 69 points, three behind Real who have a game in hand.

Line-ups

Malaga

  • 1Kameni
  • 18Rosales
  • 5Llorente
  • 24Hernández
  • 15RiccaBooked at 37mins
  • 7Pérez LópezBooked at 82minsSubstituted forRodríguez Menéndezat 83'minutes
  • 14García del PozoBooked at 45mins
  • 6Camacho
  • 31Fornals
  • 10Añor AcostaSubstituted forPeñarandaat 67'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 19RamírezSubstituted forDiasat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Demichelis
  • 4Villanueva
  • 9Dias
  • 13Boyko
  • 16Peñaranda
  • 17Barbosa Valente
  • 21Rodríguez Menéndez

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 87mins
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 33mins
  • 24MathieuSubstituted forSergiat 45'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 8mins
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forIniestaat 45'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forAlcácerat 61'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 20Sergi
  • 28Aleñá
  • 30Carbonell
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
28,486

Match Stats

Home TeamMalagaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home26
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Málaga 2, Barcelona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Málaga 2, Barcelona 0.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Charles Dias (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Federico Ricca (Málaga).

Goal!

Goal! Málaga 2, Barcelona 0. Jony (Málaga) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Fornals following a fast break.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adalberto Peñaranda (Málaga).

Attempt saved. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Mascherano with a through ball.

Booking

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Charles Dias (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Jony replaces Juankar.

Booking

Juankar (Málaga) is shown the yellow card.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juankar (Málaga).

Attempt saved. Charles Dias (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juankar.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luis Hernández (Málaga).

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Fornals (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Charles Dias replaces Sandro Ramírez.

Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adalberto Peñaranda (Málaga).

Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Pablo Fornals (Málaga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Juankar (Málaga).

Offside, Málaga. Sandro Ramírez tries a through ball, but Adalberto Peñaranda is caught offside.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Diego Llorente (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adalberto Peñaranda (Málaga) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid30226279314872
2Barcelona31216488286069
3Atl Madrid31188556243262
4Sevilla31187656391761
5Villarreal31159745242154
6Ath Bilbao31155114036450
7Real Sociedad30154114341249
8Eibar3013895042847
9Espanyol31121094342146
10Celta Vigo29125124549-441
11Alavés311010112938-940
12Valencia30106144453-936
13Las Palmas3098134651-535
14Malaga3189143647-1133
15Real Betis3087153247-1531
16Deportivo La Coruña31610153350-1728
17Leganés3069152546-2127
18Sporting Gijón3057183158-2722
19Granada3048182662-3620
20Osasuna3028203069-3914
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