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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 26, 2013
BARCELONA---Playing without the
injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona need-
ed Adriano s long strike yesterday to
beat Malaga 1-0 and maintain a per-
fect record through two rounds of the
Barcelona kept Bernd Schuster s team
pushed back in its area early on at La
Rosaleda Stadium but failed to finish
its scoring chances until Adriano broke
through in the 44th minute.
Gerard Pique sent the ball off the
crossbar for Barcelona in the 58th
before 17-year-old Fabrice Olinga had
the hosts best chance with a shot onto
the post in the 68th as Malaga finally
dared to look for an equaliser.
Neymar went on as a substitute for
the third straight game for Barcelona
in the second half and shone with his
dribbling, pace and a pair of shots that
almost doubled the final margin.
Messi bruised a muscle in his left
thigh during last Wednesday s 1-1 draw
at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of
the Spanish Super Cup.
While Barcelona may still be without
its all-time leading scorer for this
Wednesday s return leg at Camp Nou,
Atletico warmed up by thrashing Rayo
Vallecano 5-0 earlier yesterday for its
second victory in as many rounds.
Cesc Fabregas was charged to lead
Barcelona s attack in place of Messi,
and it took him 15 minutes to start
causing havoc in Malaga s defence.
The former Arsenal midfielder s best
piece of playmaking came in the 19th
when he threaded a through ball to
Pedro Rodriguez, only for the forward
to lose control while trying to dribble
goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
Malaga was disciplined in defense
but in the first half could only manage
a blocked 28th-minute free kick by
Next it was Caballero s turn to save
Alexis Sanchez s point-blank header
from a cross by Fabregas in the 37th.
But Adriano surprised the Malaga
keeper with a blistering left-footed
effort from outside the area, curling
the ball downward so that Caballero
could only get an arm on the ball but
not enough to keep it out.
Neymar, who scored Barcelona s goal
at Atletico on Wednesday, replaced
Pedro in the 63rd. The Brazil striker
immediately showed his speed and
ability to break down defenders one-
on-one. His dribble between the legs
of Jesus Gamez earned him a shove as
the humiliated defender let his anger
get the best of him.
Neymar s footwork produced a foul
on the edge of the area that he turned
into a curling free kick that Caballero
dove to parry in the 80th.
And seconds after Valdes saved a
late header by Sebastian Fernandez in
the 90th, Neymar pounced on a loose
ball in the area, but his shot clipped
a defender and looped over the bar.
Turkey midfielder Arda Turan scored
one goal and set up two more in Atleti-
co s rout of Rayo as Diego Simeone s
side continues to impress.
Raul Garcia headed in his first of
two goals at Vicente Calderon Stadium
in the 17th.
Turan passed for Diego Costa to
make it 2-0 in the 20th before then
scoring himself from a pass by Diego
Costa in the 35th.
Turan crossed for Tiago Cardoso to
head in the hosts fourth goal in the
53rd before Garcia got his double in
Also, Sevilla drew 0-0 at Levante.
Real Madrid visits Granada today.
On Friday, Athletic Bilbao beat
Osasuna 2-0, and Getafe drew 2-2
On Saturday, Real Sociedad drew 1-
1 at Elche, Espanyol beat Valencia 3-
1, and Villarreal edged Valladolid 2-1.
ola scored the winner
with a header in the
54th minute to give
Olympiakos a 2-1 victo-
ry over visiting Atromi-
tos in the Greek league
gave Atromitos the lead
in the 47th and David
Fuster equalised in the
51st for the defending
Olympiakos tops the
standings with six points
from two games, two
points clear of Veria,
Panionios, and Gianena.
Also Sunday, Xanthi
beat Panthrakikos 1-0,
notched its first ever win
in the top flight, 2-0 at
Aris, and Platanias drew
1-1 at Asteras. (AP)
FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, right, vies for the ball with Malaga's Sergio
Sanchez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at La Rosaleda stadium in
Malaga, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Barca edges past Malaga without Messi Javier
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