Register Login Scores

International

Barca's Copa Stutter

Barcelona made heavy weather of their Copa del Rey defence last night, drawing 2-2 at home to Malaga in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie.

The Blaugrana mauled Malaga 3-1 away in La Liga last weekend, but their changed line-up stuttered in the Copa.

Tito Vilanova’s side started well, but Malaga held on and poached the lead when Manuel Iturra robbed Thiago Alcantara of the ball just outside the box and slotted home past Pinto.

Barca reacted swiftly, and Lionel Messi drew them level just three minutes later.

Messi- who showed his four Ballons d’Or to the crowd before the game- latched onto a loose ball on the right, burst into the box, and fired a trademark curler into the back of the net.

Barca took a lead into the second half, when a minute after Messi’s goal, skipper Carles Puyol looped a header into Malaga’s goal.

So comfortable at home this season, Barca must have felt they had secured a first-leg advantage.

But they shipped a late equaliser when Ignacio Camacho was left unmarked in the 90th minute, to clip Malaga back into the tie.

After their sloppiest home display of the season, Barca will now have to lift their game to last weekend’s level for the second leg at La Rosaleda, if they hope to remain on course for a likely semi-final mega-clash with Real Madrid.

88 comments

Top 5

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

8 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Chiefs’ CAF Itinerary After Swallows Shock  

36 Nov 26, 2020 10:51 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Courtois & De Bruyne's Messages For Anele

15 Nov 23, 2020 03:46 PM in Players Abroad

Gould Signs With PSL Newbies

23 Nov 26, 2020 09:45 AM in Siyagobhoza

Rest In Peace Anele Ngcongca!

163 Nov 23, 2020 09:42 AM in PSL

Insider Lifts Lid On Chiefs' Dax Drama

88 Nov 24, 2020 02:48 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Nurkovic Dazzles As He Shows Off Model SA Bae

14 Nov 23, 2020 04:28 PM in Footballers & Chill

Courtois & De Bruyne's Messages For Anele

15 Nov 23, 2020 03:46 PM in Players Abroad

Ngcongca's Heartfelt Moments With The World's Best Players

1 Nov 23, 2020 12:05 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Agent: I’m Not Surprised By What He Did Against Chiefs

17 Nov 26, 2020 01:33 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Memela: Why I Left Pirates…

19 Nov 26, 2020 01:15 PM in Orlando Pirates