Malaga 2-4 Barcelona: Cup Classic Leads to Real Madrid-Barcelona Semifinal
Malaga 2-4 Barcelona (full time result)
Live Copa del Rey Quarterfinal 2nd leg commentary (first leg 2-2)
Aggregate score: 4-6
Pedro (FCB) 7', Joaquin (MAL) 11', Gerard Pique (FCB) 48', Roque Santa Cruz (MAL) 68', Andres Iniesta (FCB) 76', Leo Messi (FCB) 79'.
Malaga: Kameni; Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Joaquin (Lucas Piazon), Camacho, Seba Fernandez (Saviola), Iturra, Duda (Portillo); Santa Cruz.
Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba (Adriano); Xavi, Busquets, Cesc; Pedro (Alexis), Messi (Thiago), Iniesta.
That's it for the live commentary for today, it's been an occasion to savour so hopefully you've all enjoyed it. Thanks as always for joining me; I'll be back at the weekend with all the very best FA Cup action from England so make sure you visit again for that.
Plenty more reaction to come on the website from this game too so stick around!
Until next time, goodbye.
Full time at La Rosaleda
Malaga 2 (Joaquin, Santa Cruz)
Barcelona 4 (Pedro, Pique, Iniesta, Messi)
MOTM: Andres Iniesta
Quarterfinal aggregate score, Malaga 4 Barcelona 6
Phew! That was some encounter. A pulsating game comes to an end, and ultimately it is Barcelona who progress—they will now play a two-legged Clasico semifinal against Real Madrid.
Malaga were very good indeed; they had a game plan to press Barça high, work hard and attack with pace and they played it to perfection—but Barcelona had that extra gear and quality, and the domination of possession told in the end.
Pedro got things rolling with the first goal after a questionable offside decision went the way of Dani Alves in the build-up, before Joaquin equalised just minutes later.
After the break Barcelona took the lead once more thanks to Gerard Pique's control and finish—but again Malaga pulled back level with a fine strike by Roque Santa Cruz. But two more goals in four minutes finished the game and the tie, as Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi struck well-worked goals to send Barcelona through to the next round.
Full time result
Malaga 2 Barcelona 4
90'—Final seconds of what has been a sublime game of cup football. Cesc goes down in the box once more but the referee waves play on.
Barcelona sub: Jordi Alba off, Adriano on. All the game's subs have been made now.
87'—Lucas Piazon has come on at some point in all those celebrations, becoming Malaga's third and final sub of the evening. Barcelona winding down the game by doing what they do best, keeping possession and building gradually...and Cesc has the chance to score a fifth, but is denied by a great save from Kameni!
Barcelona sub: Pedro off, Alexis Sanchez on.
Gooooooool! Messi with Barcelona's 4th goal of the evening. It's Barcelona's 100th goal this season (in 34 official games)— MessiStats (@MessiStats) January 24, 2013
Gnashing my teeth that my provider doesn't have beIN Sport yet and am missing this Barcelona-Málaga classic.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 24, 2013
83'—Perhaps understandably, Malaga are not pressing quite as furiously as 10 minutes ago now. Still their fans give them terrific backing though and the Andalucian side have done themselves proud tonight. They've given Barcelona a real game.
Make that three goals in 10 minutes. Messi wraps up this pulsating quarterfinal with Barcelona's fourth goal, heading in from the penalty spot after Iniesta's pass released Alves to cross from the right wing. Great play from Barcelona again and Malaga looking tired now.
Malaga sub: Seba Fndz off, Javier Saviola on.
Barcelona sub: Leo Messi off, Thiago Alcantara on.
Malaga 2 Barcelona 4
Leo Messi, 79 mins
Right folks, forget extra time. Malaga need two goals in fifteen minutes to stay in the Copa del Rey. Cesc twists, turns and flicks a pass inside the area, Iniesta runs onto it and hammers a low, composed shot through the legs of Carlos Kameni and into the back of the net—Barça ahead again. 3-2 on the night, 5-4 on aggregate. Marvellous stuff.
Malaga 2 Barcelona 3
Andres Iniesta, 76 mins
75'—So Barcelona have to go and do it all again. They've led twice in this match, but Malaga have pegged them back both times. The tempo has been given another lift and the Catalan side pour forward in even greater numbers than before.
Cesc rolling around like a welsh Ballboy - meanwhile Malaga run down the other end and Roque Santa Cruz makes it 4-4 on agg— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) January 24, 2013
Dirty deliberate stamp on Fabregas, referee ignores it. Malaga counter and Roque Santa Cruz scores! Going to penalties if it stays this way— Detective82 (@Detective82) January 24, 2013
71'—Into the final 20 minutes of the game then, what more does it have in store for us? Malaga's fans are back in full voice and urging their team on again.
Incredible stuff. With Cesc down on the ground claiming a stamp from Demichelis at one end, Malaga fly up the other end, shift the ball to the right side of the area where Roque Santa Cruz is unmarked—and he arrows a low drive past Pinto, right into the far corner and in off the post. 2-2 and we're headed for extra time as things stand!
Malaga 2 Barcelona 2 (agg 4-4)
Roque Santa Cruz, 68 mins
67'—Barcelona almost completely dominant in possession now. Malaga fans furiously berating the assistant after Messi looked in a clear offside position but wasn't flagged. Cesc almost scored, but good save from Kameni.
63'—Barça getting closer to this third goal. Messi dribbles past two challenges but is held off before he can shoot; Cesc chips the rebound over the top of the defence for Xavi to race onto—but it's just too far ahead of him.
Malaga sub: Duda off, Francisco Portillo on.
62'—As things stand, one goal for Malaga will force extra time. A third goal for Barcelona means we definitely can't have the additional 30 minutes.
60'—Malaga lucky twice in one minute to escape without conceding a third. Cesc gets in behind the Jesus Gamez and amid several slips in the penalty box the ball breaks for a shot from the right side from Xavi—but it's deflected wide. A moment later Weligton slides full on the stretch to cut out a cross from Jordi Alba with Messi waiting unmarked in the centre to tap home the third goal.
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