Barcelona stunned by lowly Malaga at Camp Nou
Barcelona: Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes were dealt a huge blow as Malaga stunned the Camp Nou with a 1-0 win on Saturday.
Juanmi grabbed the only goal of the game after just seven minutes when he pounced on an error by Dani Alves.
Left: Malaga’s Pablo Javier Perez evades a tackle from Jordi Alba (on the ground) to score vs Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Defeat leaves Barca still a point adrift of Real Madrid at the top of the table, but the European champions can extend that advantage to four points when they travel to Elche on Sunday. Barcelona came into the game in fine form having won their last 11 games in all competitions, scoring 42 goals in the process.
Messi & Co kept quiet
However, their star front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were kept remarkably quiet as Malaga became the first side since Getafe in 2007/08 to keep Barca scoreless over two games in La Liga.
The opener arrived thanks to a huge defensive error as Alves under hit a backpass to Claudio Bravo and Juanmi nipped in to slot home.
Malaga could even have been further ahead at the break had Ricardo Horta made a better contact on two occasions when he was unmarked inside the Barca area.