Malaga 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Coutinho cheer absent father Messi

Mar 12, 2018, 06:53
Malaga 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Coutinho cheer absent father Messi

The Barcelona forward had pulled out of the squad to face Malaga in LaLiga, the Spanish club have announced earlier today.

On Saturday, Luis Suarez opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, a goal which means he has now scored against every side in the Primera Liga since arriving at Barcelona in 2014.

Barcelona are first in the La Liga table with 72 points from 28 matches ahead of Atletico Madrid, who are in the second place with 61 points from 27 matches.

Real are third on 57 after seeing off dogged Eibar with two strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"He didn't need a game like this as we all know he is a magnificent player", the Croatian said.

Malaga were down to 10 men on the half-hour when midfielder Garcia went through the back of Alba and was swiftly shown a red card.

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 match was really just about the first half", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

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Ronaldo's 32nd and 33rd goals gave him one more than Messi over all competitions this season.

"(Ronaldo) is from another galaxy", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Moreno beat Rico again after Geoffrey Kondogbia dribbled past three Sevilla players before playing him clear.

Coutinho, relishing a free creative role with no Messi in the side, was close to his second of the night when some smart interchanges saw Paulinho lay-off to his compatriot but Roberto was equal to yet another risky effort.

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Vincenzo Montella's side visit Manchester United on Wednesday morning (Singapore time) in a last-16, second leg with the tie finely balanced at 0-0.

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