It wasn’t Malaga’s day and Barcelona made light work of Pellegrini’s team as they trounced Málaga 1-4. Messi chalks up another hat-trick and alexis gets on the score sheet, too! This could be the perfect pre-Copa del Rey match for Barcelona as they meet Real Madrid on Wednesday for the second leg of their quarter final match.
Real Madrid now have to face Athletic Bilbao in a few hours time knowing that Barcelona have cut their lead to 2 points. Will Real Madrid carry on their run of wins and face Barcelona on Wednesday with some pride or will Athletic put a spanner in the works at the Bernabéu tonight?
Malaga’s Rondón scored in the closing minutes of the game but it will serve as a mere consolation goal for the “Malagueños”. Puyol, Xavi and Cesc were all rested ahead of Wednesday’s big game as Guardiola wants a fresh team to face the “Merengues”.
Malaga almost restored a little pride with a late surge during which Rondon and fellow substitute Seba Fernandez came close to further reducing the defecit, but Messi too was twice denied at the death by Wilfredo Caballero in goal.
So with Real Madrid having it all to do tonight against the “lions” from Bilbao who are quite “in form” at the moment the Spanish league looks anyones game as Barcelona have temporarily reduced the deficit to 2 points. Of course, if Madrid win there’ll still be a 5 point gap to close but with Barcelona producing the goods like they have done tonight I wouldn’t bet against them winning the title again!