Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 2-0 Malaga

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta's goal was his first in La Liga for almost two years - last scoring against Real Madrid in 2015

Andres Iniesta scored his first goal in over a year as unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona saw off winless Malaga.

Barcelona led within two minutes as Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for the club, but it should not have counted as the ball went out of play before Lucas Digne's cross.

Their second was less controversial as Lionel Messi found captain Iniesta, whose deflected shot flew past debutant keeper Andres Prieto - his first strike since scoring against Celtic in the Champions League in September 2016.

Malaga - who did have chances to score - remain bottom on only one point, having only scored three goals in nine games. Barca, on the other hand, have won eight of their nine matches.

The hosts are four points above unbeaten Valencia, who impressively beat fifth-placed Sevilla 4-0 earlier on Saturday.

Real Madrid, another four points behind Valencia, host Eibar on Sunday (19:45 BST).

La Liga
Atletico and Real Madrid are both in action on Sunday

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 14Mascherano
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 74mins
  • 19Digne
  • 16DeulofeuSubstituted forNélson Semedoat 72'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forPaulinhoat 76'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 6D Suárez
  • 13Cillessen
  • 15Paulinho
  • 17Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes

Malaga

  • 25Prieto
  • 18RosalesBooked at 21mins
  • 4HernándezBooked at 26mins
  • 22Baysse
  • 7Pérez
  • 5RolónSubstituted forCecchiniat 68'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8GonzálezBooked at 39mins
  • 20Gontán Gallardo
  • 16PeñarandaSubstituted forBastónat 72'minutes
  • 11Castro
  • 24RolanSubstituted forAñor Acostaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bastón
  • 10Añor Acosta
  • 12Garrido Cifuentes
  • 13Gönen
  • 19Cecchini
  • 27Robles
  • 28Mula
Referee:
Pablo González Fuertes
Attendance:
69,872

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamMalaga
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 2, Málaga 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Málaga 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Carlos Pérez (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gonzalo Castro (Málaga) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanpi.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Juanpi (Málaga) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Carlos Pérez with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Samuel Umtiti is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Andrés Prieto.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paulinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Andrés Prieto.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paulinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Semedo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nélson Semedo.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Paco Alcácer replaces Luis Suárez.

  17. Booking

    Emanuel Cecchini (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Juanpi (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Paulinho replaces Sergio Busquets.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Hernández (Málaga) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juanpi following a set piece situation.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 21st October 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona98102632325
2Valencia963025101521
3Real Madrid8521157817
4Atl Madrid8440135816
5Real Betis95131917216
6Sevilla951398116
7Leganés842273414
8Real Sociedad84131917213
9Villarreal84131110113
10Celta Vigo83231813511
11Ath Bilbao8323109111
12Levante9252911-211
13Getafe9234111019
14Espanyol8233711-49
15Dep La Coruña8224916-78
16Eibar8215317-147
17Girona8134713-66
18Las Palmas8206718-116
19Alavés9108314-113
20Malaga9018420-161
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