Barcelona continued their commanding lead in the Spanish LaLiga with a decisive 2-0 triumph over struggling Malaga in Saturday night’s encounter, marking another challenging chapter for the relegation-threatened side.
Nigerian talents Brown Ideye and Isaac Success were introduced to the game for Malaga in the 78th and 79th minutes, attempting to make an impact as substitutes. However, their efforts couldn’t alter the course of the match.
Barcelona swiftly established their dominance in the first half, with Luis Suarez finding the net in the 15th minute, followed by a goal from Philippe Coutinho in the 28th minute. Malaga’s situation worsened when Samuel Garcia received a straight red card in the 30th minute, leaving them with 10 men.
Notably, the absence of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi from the Barcelona squad was felt as he was excused due to the recent birth of his third child.
The victory elevated Barcelona’s point total to 72, keeping them a substantial 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid in the league standings. On the other hand, Malaga continues to grapple with their predicament at the bottom of the table, sitting on 13 points and facing an 11-point gap from safety.