Barcelona dominated Malaga but could only win by a single goal after a dogged showing by the visitors defence.

The decisive goal came on 73 minutes when Kameni could only parry out a cross into the box which found Thomas Vermaelen who fired home from close range to give Barcelona the lead from an unlikely source.

Malaga have proved a bit of a hoodoo side over Barcelona in recent times with the Catalans not scoring against them since January 2014 and it was that kind of defending that kept Barcelona out for the majority of this game but it was the hosts who dominated in terms of chances and possession but spent a long time wondering if they could break Malaga down.

Mascherano had a good chance when his header from inside the box hit the top of the bar and Suarez also had a goal disallowed after four minutes when he headed home but the whistle had gone as he had pushed the back of Marcos Angeleri in the build up.

Barcelona also had a moment where they felt hard done by and should have had two penalties in two minutes, first when Miguel Torres handled the ball as he went in on a sliding block then Suarez was brought down in the box by Marcos Angeleri, neither were given but there was a strong case that both should have been.

Malaga did have one very good opportunity in the first half when an errant pass in midfield found Juankar whose first time shot from inside his own half caught out Bravo who was stood outside his area and looked on helplessly as it just went over and hit the roof of the net.

Barcelona however were eventually able to break down their visitors and in the end completed a hard fought victory. 

30/08/15

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