Barcelona dominant in 2-0 win against hapless Malaga

Why Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's final game before Champions League clash vs Chelsea
Lionel Messi is out of Barcelona’s clash with Malaga
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12 March, 2018

Dembele was a constant threat to Malaga down the right-hand side and he set up Philippe Coutinho's sumptuous second goal, toying with a defender before laying the ball on for the Brazilian to score with a backheel.

The comfortable victory leaves Barca 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid, who host Celta Vigo on Sunday, at the top of LaLiga.

Following on from the Champions League victory over Paris St Germain, another success for Zinedine Zidane's side means they have won eight of their last nine matches across all competitions.

Barca's next outing is at home to Chelsea in midweek, with their Champions League last-16 tie all square at 1-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals for Real Madrid as Los Blancos were pushed to their limits late on by eighth-place Eibar.

"We congratulate him and he will be there for his next game".

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Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, the two players Barcelona paid more than 300 million euros to sign this season, linked up to double the lead in the 28th.

Malaga midfielder Samu was given his marching orders by the referee shortly after the second goal for an out-of-control lunge into Alba's ankle. "He is young, he has had an important injury, and the spotlight is on him", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Eibar created several early chances at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua but fell behind when Ronaldo latched on to a pass from Luka Modric.

Luis Muriel hit the crossbar for Sevilla and Valencia goalkeeper Neto made a reflex save to parry Pablo Sarabia's shot before halftime. So I am happy with the three points above all.

Coke Andujar headed in a corner kick in the 79th to snatch the much-needed result that lifted Levante four points away from the relegation zone.


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