Let’s Fix That Away Form: Malaga vs Barcelona Liveblog

Getting right to it:

Barca lineup: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Masche, Abidal; Busi, Iniesta, Thiago; Adriano, Messi and Alexis

Bench: Pinto, Puyol, Jona, Xavi, Cesc, Cuenca, Pedro. In the stands: Sergi Roberto.

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  1. Olufestus
    January 22, 2012

    Lets do this and make my birthday(today) a memorable one!! Visca el.barca!!

  2. Gogah
    January 22, 2012

    That was eaasy.
    now bilbao, do us a favour and show the same heart.

    • G6O
      January 22, 2012

      Actually it wasn’t easy at all – in the first half in particular the off-the-ball movement was very poor, we were struggling to penetrate their defense and weren’t creating many chances. If it wasn’t for Messi this would have been a very difficult game.

  3. Olufestus
    January 22, 2012

    Thanx VJ, and if anyone of you**lukin@you kxevin-kari-euler** fails to wish me a happy birthday, am gonna invite PEPE(ROUS) TO STAMP on your hands unintentionally,each and evryone of you..yes!…VISCA EL BARCA!!

  4. blitzen
    January 22, 2012

    Beautiful curling shot from Tello to make it 1-0!

  5. Momo
    January 22, 2012

    Brilliant result…
    Glad to see Messi enjoying himself today, haven’t seen him play like this in a while.

    Anybody think it’s the return to his normal role in the 4-3-3 that helped?

  6. blitzen
    January 22, 2012

    And a goal from Rodri (!) makes it 2-0. Go Barça Babies!

  7. Boamcule
    January 22, 2012

    happy birthday Olefestus. had a nice present,eh?

  8. nzm
    January 22, 2012

    Woohoo – Espinosa actually gets 5 mins of playtime with Barca B.

    • Kimcelona
      January 22, 2012

      I’m so happy for Barca Babies! They played very well in this game. One of their better games 🙂

  9. Nav
    January 22, 2012

    Who else is going to watch Real v Bilbao?

      • Jim
        January 22, 2012

        Yeah. Just hope Bilbao can keep it tight and score in the last ten. Too much scoring early against them and giving them all night to come back.

        • Nav
          January 22, 2012

          They are playing well. Missed a sitter though; hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite them.

          Probably will.

    • Kimcelona
      January 22, 2012

      Yeah, I’m watching my first EE game of the season lol..apart from when they play us ofcourse.

  10. blitzen
    January 22, 2012

    GOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! Llorente!!!!! 0-1!

    • jordi™
      January 22, 2012

      Exact copy of ibra’s goal against them

  11. mega_tajh
    January 22, 2012

    Llorente goal reminded me alot of Ibra classico winner those years ago. Keep that result a madrid lost!!!

  12. G6O
    January 22, 2012

    Keep it up Bilbao! Don’t let us down

  13. nzm
    January 22, 2012

    Stop watching, guys – you’re jinxing Bilbao! 😀

    • Ryan
      January 22, 2012

      But it’s a great game! Bilbao are really creating some chances vs. this EE defense.

    • G6O
      January 22, 2012

      I am not watching, I am just taking a look at the livescore every 10-15 minutes and I am keeping my fingers crossed…

  14. Nav
    January 22, 2012

    You’re not going to win if you miss 1 on 1s.

    • Ryan
      January 22, 2012

      Varane is certainly giving them plenty of those. It’s great to see another coach expose this high line. Vamos Muniain!!

  15. Kimcelona
    January 22, 2012

    wtf?!! LLORENTE JUST THREW AWAY BILBAO’S LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! LOL

    • Nav
      January 22, 2012

      They’ve blown two easy chances. :/

    • Jafri
      January 22, 2012

      Llorente 🙁

      Come on, prove you want to make it to the Euro squad man.

  16. Momo
    January 22, 2012

    Bilbao… I get tired just watching them, they’re pressing is relentless

  17. blitzen
    January 22, 2012

    Very fun game to watch. Madrid’s defense is TERRIBLE. Should be 1-3 in Bilbao’s favour, if they hadn’t missed those easy chances. Llorente is going to have nightmares about missing that 1-on-1 with Casillas.

  18. Jafri
    January 22, 2012

    Hopefully no soft penalties for Madrid today. Really sick of those to be honest.

    • Kimcelona
      January 22, 2012

      Couldnt agree more.

      Maybe Bilbao can manage to keep it 1-1 till close to the end and score then?
      I hope no phantom offside calls either for Bilbao.

    • Ryan
      January 22, 2012

      There’s the PK 🙁 Not even a minute!

          • Jafri
            January 22, 2012

            It’d have been a miracle to see an EE game without a penalty for them. I’m as mad as you are.

  19. Xingxian
    January 22, 2012

    I’m watching the Bilbao-EE game.

    It’s pretty crazy. I love our passing game and especially our deep-lying playmakers but when personally when I play pickup soccer I run around committing technical fouls and getting smashed into. And smashing people. There’s a lot of muscling-off-the-ball. I’m not proud of it but it’s what comes naturally and there’s fun in it for everyone.
    Watching this game feels like a lot more like the pickup games I play in (with far, FAR less skill involved on our end) than any game FC Barcelona plays.

    • blitzen
      January 22, 2012

      LOL. Xingxian is not a victory for football! 😆

      • Xingxian
        January 22, 2012

        I… I’m really not :/

        >_>

        <__<

  20. January 22, 2012

    Fantastic game from Barca today. Really good. Malaga played very well, very disciplined. Barca had a perfect balance of patience and penetration.

    That first goal was exquisite. That was the barca system at its best. Loved how they utilized the ball in that sequence to organize space.

    Madrid’s defending is extremely high risk. They simply aren’t working hard enough to pressure but still playing their back line relativley high.

    That’s an awful combination.

  21. Jim
    January 22, 2012

    Now we need it to stay this way till ten from end then Bilbao have my permission to score !

  22. Kimcelona
    January 22, 2012

    Freakin Bilbao could have been 3-2 up if they just put away their chances!

  23. Jafri
    January 22, 2012

    Question: How many games has Madrid not had penalties in? This is getting ridiculous.

  24. jordi™
    January 22, 2012

    8 penalties in half a season. Cant even breathe on them in the penalty box :roll:

    • blitzen
      January 22, 2012

      8 penalties for CRonaldo. That is almost one third of his goals scored. Now I know Messi has two or three penalties, but 8??? That’s ridiculous!

        • blitzen
          January 22, 2012

          And considering that CRonaldo should have been sent off on a second yellow in the first half…yeah. :roll:

      • blitzen
        January 22, 2012

        Sorry, I mean more than one third. That’s even worse!

  25. jclemmons
    January 22, 2012

    What a game today.

    Some points:

    1. I once worried that Thiago and Iniesta was to be too uneven combination at one point (positionally, both are almost too similar), but the younger player has developed nicely, further giving into the dancing rhythm that dictates his play (something that I think probably annoyed Guardiola) and he took over at points in the second half as Xavi’s successor. It also helps that Busquets has been other-worldly lately.
    2. Interesting to see with Alves jetting forward Mascherano playing the ad-hoc “sweeper.” Perhaps it’s because Pique is a better “defender” or that he’s more capable of covering an entire flank better.
    3. I loved seeing Messi celebrate Alexis’ goal. There are notable moments this season where Messi didn’t celebrate these scores (or he did — individually) but did for others. Developing a trust in the Chilean is important for Messi, specifically because his favorite ball — a diagonal pass on the back-shoulder of the defender — is going to be available a lot with Sanchez’s blistering pace.
    4. Our away from last year is back. Yay.

  26. Kimcelona
    January 22, 2012

    Oh look another penalty!

    And guess who scores? Oh yes Penaldo.

    I’m done watching this.

    • Helge
      January 22, 2012

      I posted before the match, don’t watch this. Your hopes will get shattered. And I personally feel less anger when I just read about it, and not see it before my eyes. Bilbao always makes you think ‘this time they might get away with at least one point from the Bernabeu’.
      But they are starting to become as pathetic as Pathetico, at least when they go to Madrid (it’s another story when Madrid travels to the Basques).

  27. Ryan
    January 22, 2012

    Yawn… TB has 9 penalty goals now.

      • Kimcelona
        January 22, 2012

        Yeah, its 10. Almost HALF his league goals this season are penalties.

        Most complete penalty scorer.

  28. Nav
    January 22, 2012

    Oh well that’s that. Why even bother when Madrid gets two penalties in a game.

  29. jordi™
    January 22, 2012

    Ramos body checks someone in the box.No penalty lol

    • Jafri
      January 22, 2012

      That was… such a clear penalty to Bilbao… I have no words. I’m going to close this tab before I start cursing here.

  30. mega_tajh
    January 22, 2012

    Team gotta learn to hold leads against Ee this happens way to much.

  31. BarcaGirl_Indo
    January 22, 2012

    so we could win all the games remaining and stilll not win La Liga because these referees will make sure EE win all the game too..

  32. Helge
    January 22, 2012

    More penalties to Crynaldo please!!!!

    Gosh, I EFFING HATE THIS. Already 9 penalties.

    And well… Bilbao now 12 losses in 13 games at the Bernabeu. Last matches 1-4, 1-5, 1-5. At least Bielsa has increased them by one goal.
    No way that Madrid drops any points ever again. Next match home against Zaragoza. Expect a 6 or more goals trashing *puke*

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